Alex GarcÃa's Road America Race Ends on First Lap Elkhart Lake (Wisconsin, USA) August 19th, 2002. Venezuelan Alex GarcÃa, driver for the Transnet Racing Team, was involved in a first-lap incident during the tenth race of the competitive CART...
Alex García's Road America Race Ends on First Lap
Elkhart Lake (Wisconsin, USA) August 19th, 2002. Venezuelan Alex García, driver for the Transnet Racing Team, was involved in a first-lap incident during the tenth race of the competitive CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. The race was held at the famous Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI.
García, who finished 12th last week in Trois-Rivieres (Canada), said he was disappointed with the result at Road America.
"I had a very good start, overtaking at least three cars, but several cars moved to the center of the circuit at turn one. I overtook (Frank) Dancs (Condor Motorsports #6), but he suddenly braked, moved to the outside and touched my car. I got into the gravel at 140 mph. He apologized later, but the race had ended for us," García said.
The CART safety team arrived and immediately checked the car and driver. It was determined that the car was undamaged so they tried to help Garcia re-enter the race. However, when the car failed to start, Garcia's race was over.
"We had a problem with the clutch", Garcia said. "It was a shame. We could have earned some points. There were some yellow flags during the race. Road America is a great circuit, with all the things a driver likes - fast corners, slow corners, elevation changes -- I am very disappointed with this result but my focus is now on the next race. Hopefully, we will get some points in the last two races of the season."
Next race will be held on the famous Gilles Villeneuve circuit at Montreal, next Saturday August 24th.
Transnet Racing was founded in 2002 and is based in Atlanta (Georgia).