Road Atlanta: Chris Gleason race report

Gleason is involved in a crash in Chevy Grand Prix at Road Atlanta Sunday BRASELTON, Ga., June 29 - Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. was unhurt but his Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS ...

Gleason is involved in a crash in Chevy Grand Prix at Road Atlanta Sunday

BRASELTON, Ga., June 29 - Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. was unhurt but his Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS #68 suffered a broken right-front upright in a tangle with an Audi during the Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta Sunday at Road Atlanta Motorsports Park.

The accident occurred about 40 minutes into the two-hour and 45-minute race and left Gleason stranded in the run-off area in turn five.

His co-driver, Marc Bunting of Monkton, Md., didn't get a chance to take a turn at the wheel, but he later relieved Michael Schrom in a similar Porsche after Schrom fell ill. The heat and high humidity of the day took their toll on everyone.

"We had a great race car," Gleason said later. "We got off to a great start; I think we were seventh or eighth in class. The pace was going fine. But then one of the Audis dipped down and clipped me, and that was the end of that. It broke the right-front upright, and pushed me off into the grass."

Gleason had started ninth in the GT class and 27th overall in the two-hour, 45-minute race over the demanding, 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course. His standing in the provisional finish was 16th in the GT class and 35th overall.

The next American Le Mans Series race is the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. at noon Pacific time on Sunday, July 27. It will be broadcast live on NBC and on a tape-delayed basis on Eurosport. That race will be two hours and 45 minutes in length too.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Michael Schrom , Chris Gleason , Marc Bunting