Road Atlanta II: JMB Racing USA forced to withdraw

Braselton, GA. JMB Racing USA was forced to withdraw today from the American Le Mans Series season ending Petit Le Mans after a severe crash in Thursday's morning practice session at Road Atlanta. After posting the 7th fastest time in...

Braselton, GA. JMB Racing USA was forced to withdraw today from the American Le Mans Series season ending Petit Le Mans after a severe crash in Thursday's morning practice session at Road Atlanta.

After posting the 7th fastest time in Wednesday's test session, Philip Shearer lost control of the #28 Ferrari 360 Modena GT in the turn 5 esses, spinning several times before hitting the wall at a high rate of speed, bending the chassis in numerous places. The team closely examined the damage and regrettably announced that it was too severe to repair in time for Saturday's race.

"I am very sorry that this is how we have to end our season," stated Shearer. "The team did a great job in preparing and setting up the car for this weekend's race. We were really looking forward to ending the season with a great result. Unfortunately things like this happen in racing, and all we can do is look forward to next year."

Veteran driver Stephan Gregoire acknowledged, "The car was running great. We had a tremendous shot at an outstanding finish this weekend. My hat goes off to the team who did a great job all year long. Our first year of racing in the States, although filled with learning curves, was overall a success. We'll have to wait and see what we have in the works for next year, but we are all really looking forward to it."

JMB Racing USA will now head back to it's Miramar, FL headquarters and begin preparation for the 2004 season.

"We learned a great deal this year," stated Managing Director Benjamin Durand, "and 2004 looks to be quite promising."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Stephan Gregoire