INDIANAPOLIS – After an excellent run by Michael Marsal in his return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Round 7 of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championship (CTSCC), the day turned sour for the Multimatic Motorsports No. 71 Aston Martin Vantage when the car sustained race-ending damage from contact with the wall late in the race after Marsal had handed the car over to co-driver Tonis Kasemets for the final run.

#71 Multimatic Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage: Tonis Kasemets, Michael Marsal
#71 Multimatic Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage: Tonis Kasemets, Michael Marsal

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

During his opening stint, Marsal was looking and feeling good, moving up to seventh from his 11th place start in the first half hour of the race.

The two hour, thirty-minute race was fraught with yellows, five in total, but Marsal made the most of the caution laps, executing excellent pit stops and holding position on the restarts. Just before the second full-course caution, Marsal had piloted his way up into the top-five.

“There wasn’t a whole lot of grip out there, but the car felt great,” said Marsal of the No. 71 Aston Martin Vantage. “We made a few changes after the second practice yesterday and it just got hooked up.

We knew that the track was going to not have much grip, but the guys gave me a great car so I was feeling really solid out there. I was able to just drive all-out, and the car was really good on the tires and we were able to keep our pace through a pretty long stint.”

Shortly after handing the car over to Kasemets, the car lost control and made hard contact with the wall coming out of turn one.

“It’s really a shame what happened to Tonis, but I’m glad he is okay,” said Marsal of the crash. “I’m really not sure what happened but it reminded me of what happened to me at Mid-Ohio. It’s going to be a lot of repair work for the guys, but I know they can do it and be ready for the next one.”

So after a disappointing end to a promising day for Marsal, the team now looks forward to the scenic 4.048-mile road course of Road America on August 10th.

The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge event from Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be televised August 3 at 4:00 PM ET on SPEED.

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