VIR: CyberSpeed Racing race report

CyberSpeed Racing's Cummins Involved in Unavoidable Crash Early In Sunday's Rolex Series Race at VIR ALTON, Va., April 23 - CyberSpeed Racing's hopes for a top-10 finish in Sunday's Rolex Series race at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) came...

CyberSpeed Racing's Cummins Involved in Unavoidable Crash Early In Sunday's Rolex Series Race at VIR

ALTON, Va., April 23 - CyberSpeed Racing's hopes for a top-10 finish in Sunday's Rolex Series race at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) came to an abrupt and premature end when another competitor spun and crashed into the right side of the team's Riley Pontiac on lap six of the 77-lap Rolex Series race.

Luckily neither CyberSpeed's Skip Cummins nor the other driver involved, Larry Oberto in the Spirit of Daytona No. 09, were injured, but the CyberSpeed car was done for the day. It had right-side damage from front to rear, and its right-side door ended up in pieces somewhere in the grass off the frontstretch afterwards.

The official order of finish for the Maiden, N.C.-based team was 26th in the Daytona Prototype class and 46th overall.

Co-driver Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. finished 17th in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype qualifying race Saturday, but Cummins actually started 16th in Sunday's race when the Derhaag Motorsports team changed its engine prior to that event and had to start on pit road, moving everybody behind it up one spot.

Cummins survived the often hairy start and was biding his time and looking for safe ways to get around some drivers who were holding him up when Oberto lost control and the crash occurred.

"It happened coming onto the frontstretch after the bottom of the downhill chicane," explained Cummins, of Houston, afterwards. "I'd been running for several laps with a pack of about five cars, all of whom were holding me up. But I was being patient and I was going to pick my spots to get around them and not do anything foolish. The Ganassi car went by me and I tried to stay with him. I got by the Graydon Elliott car by outbraking him in Turn 14. Then, coming down the hill, the car that I had the problem with was about two or three car lengths ahead of me. I was going to pass him, but he went into a slow spin and all of a sudden his car just came right in front of me and crashed into my right side. I had no where to go. There's right-side damage front to rear. The right-side door is in pieces someplace off the frontstretch.

"Before that I was totally comfortable in the car," Cummins continued. "I was not being impatient; I knew I just had to bide my time. I think we had a top-10 car for sure. But this time somebody else's mistake cost us. Now the car won't be ready for testing at Watkins Glen. Hopefully we'll be able to make Laguna."

The next Rolex Series race is May 5-7 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

"Skip was doing exactly what we wanted him to do and the car was great; somebody spun in front of him and he just had nowhere to go," said Ave. "That's racing; cars crash sometimes."

Sunday's race was televised live on SPEED.

The team's Web site is under development at cyberspeedracing.us; other info can be found at grandamerican.com and restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tony Ave , Larry Oberto , Skip Cummins