Both of Gleason's BMWs experience unexpected engine troubles. TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada, Aug. 4 - Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on the street course in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec turned out to be disappointing for Chris Gleason this year, as...
Both of Gleason's BMWs experience unexpected engine troubles.
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada, Aug. 4 - Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on the street course in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec turned out to be disappointing for Chris Gleason this year, as both of the BMWs he was competing in developed engine problems and didn't finish either the IMSA American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race on Saturday or the companion SCCA SPEED World Challenge race on Sunday.
"It was a bad weekend; we're zero for two with two DNFs," Gleason said while driving back to his hometown of Johnstown, Pa. following Sunday's race. "Sometimes that's the way it goes in racing though; you have to take the bad with the good."
Gleason and co-driver Emil Assentato of Locust Valley, N.Y., were in the Allegra Racing BMW M3 #10 for Saturday's ALMS race. Gleason qualified sixth in the GT class and 26th overall, and together the pair's official finish was sixth in the GT class and 21st overall.
"We made it about two-thirds of the way through the race and then the engine just blew," Gleason said. "There was no warning. The car was handling very well, so we were hoping to move up."
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS team of Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr ended up as the GT class winners.
For Sunday's SCCA SPEED Challenge race, Gleason said he was running about 15th, three or so spots behind one of his teammates, when the duPont Motorsports BMW 325is he was driving developed engine problems.
"I don't know if it lost a valve or what," Gleason said.
"The start was mass confusion because there was a lot of bumping going on," he added. "Then things straightened out some. The car was handling well; it's a shame."
Gleason said both races were run with temperatures in the eighties, "but after the humid conditions at Washington, everything else seems sort of mild. There was a huge crowd on hand, and it's a pretty neat event. It's every European in flavor. I think the ALMS was very successful in its first appearance at Trois-Rivieres."
Both races were covered by SPEED Channel.
Gleason plans to run events sanctioned by the same group in Miami and Atlanta this fall, but he's not sure what races he'll do between now and then.