Millville: Eddie Cheever Racing race report

Accident Strikes Down Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Team at Thunder Bolt 250; Driver Antonio Garcia Unharmed After qualifying 9th for the 2008 Thunder Bolt 250, Cheever Racing's Antonio Garcia escaped serious injury during a first lap accident at ...

Accident Strikes Down Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Team at Thunder Bolt 250; Driver Antonio Garcia Unharmed

After qualifying 9th for the 2008 Thunder Bolt 250, Cheever Racing's Antonio Garcia escaped serious injury during a first lap accident at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

An electrical issue in the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Pontiac powered Coyote Cars Daytona Prototype caused Garcia to lose power and spin in the first turn. Garcia was unable to restart the machine as competition officials gave the green flag to the GT class to begin the race.

The lead GT cars were able to avoid Garcia, but in doing so left the track, kicking up a dust cloud that obscured the view for the rest of the field. The ensuing collision was unavoidable and caused substantial damage to the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 entry's right side, retiring it from the race.

Team Manager David Meehan: "Considering the severity of Scott's (Pruett) accident earlier this week, we feel lucky that our accident was not as serious.

On a bright note; Cheever Racing and the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Race Team congratulate their driver Christian Fittipaldi, who became a U.S. citizen on Friday. Fittipaldi squeezed in the ceremony by practicing with the team on Thursday, flying to Miami Friday for the oath of citizenship and rejoining the team for practice on Saturday.

-credit: cr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Eddie Cheever , Christian Fittipaldi