Detroit, Mich. – Michael Marsal made his Detroit Grand Prix debut on Saturday, racing the No. 93 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 in Round 5 of the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series championship.
Making just his third career street course start, Marsal and co-driver Gunter Schaldach were hoping to end a run of bad luck that has followed the duo through the last two rounds of Rolex action.
Marsal was able to return to the track and safely turn the M3 over to Schaldach, who took the car to the checkered flag. While the two-hour sprint race saw the duo score eighth at the finish, Marsal had been hoping for more on the day.
“We were just having a bad day,” said Marsal. “The guys worked really hard but the car wasn’t really able to turn and put the power down the way I was hoping it would. I couldn’t make the car go anywhere.
Then, I just got nailed. I don’t know what happened there-I saw him coming but didn’t think he’d be coming in. It just wasn’t our weekend but I’m looking forward to Mid-Ohio and just getting back into a better groove now that the schedule is picking up.”
The Diamond Cellar Classic at Mid-Ohio will open on June 14 as both the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and Rolex Sports Car Series take to the 2.2-mile natural terrain circuit in rural Ohio.