Practice Drama at Miller Motorsports Park as Team Falken Tire Porsche Suffers Engine Fire; Fast Work by Driver, Emergency Workers and Team Crew Saves Entry Tooele, UT - July 10 -- The ...
Practice Drama at Miller Motorsports Park as Team Falken Tire Porsche Suffers Engine Fire; Fast Work by Driver, Emergency Workers and Team Crew Saves Entry
Tooele, UT - July 10 -- The #17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, a top contender in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class, caught fire in the last turn during practice this morning, with flames engulfing the engine compartment. The driver jumped out of the vehicle immediately, unhurt, and the Miller Motorsports Park fire crew had the fire out within seconds, helping to preserve the race car.
Driver Bryan Sellers, from Atlanta, saw smoke in the cockpit, and immediately pulled off the track, shut the car down, and exited the vehicle.
"I went back into the car to push the fire bottle button once I realized how bad the fire was," said Sellers, "but there was no warning until I saw the smoke behind me. Quick work by the emergency crew saved the chassis from further damage, and our crew will be able to fix the car for the race."
The Team Falken Tire crew, with the help of Porsche Motorsport North America engineers, is working on the vehicle, replacing the engine and other parts that were damaged, and they hope to get the car back on the track before the end of the day. If they miss the 2:55 PM (MDT) qualifying session, the Porsche will start tomorrow's race at the back of the pack.
The car had completed only three laps of the one-hour practice session when the incident occurred. The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent.
-source: porsche motorsports