PATRON HIGHCROFT "WINS" RACE TO MAKE THE GRID Rebuild BRASELTON, GA, Saturday, September 26, 2009: Patron Highcroft Racing's won their "race" to make the grid and maintain the team's championship assault after taking a bare tub into a complete...
PATRON HIGHCROFT "WINS" RACE TO MAKE THE GRID
Rebuild BRASELTON, GA, Saturday, September 26, 2009: Patron Highcroft Racing's won their "race" to make the grid and maintain the team's championship assault after taking a bare tub into a complete racecar in less than 24 hours today.
After a horrifying crash for Scott Sharp on Thursday, the tub of the team's Acura ARX-02a was badly damaged and Honda Performance Development flew out a replacement overnight from its headquarters in California.
Beginning the build at 8:00am on Friday morning preparing parts, the Patron Highcroft squad kicked off when the tub arrived at 9:20am and worked throughout the night to build up a new machine for today's 12th running of the annual Petit Le Mans endurance classic
The car was ready to roll at 5:45am the following morning - in time for the team to take part in the morning warm-up. Heavy rain overnight actually pushed the warm-up back - allowing the team to take a breath before beginning race day.
After starting from the pit lane, the #9 Acura has quickly moved through the field to be in 7th position after 45 minutes with David Brabham at the wheel.
Brabham will be joined by Scott Sharp and Dario Franchitti for today's 10 hour, 1000 mile classic. The team needs to ensure it completes 70 percent of today's race to gain a points haul to add to its 17 point advantage in the LMP1 championship.
"I couldn't be more proud of the guys. They have just done an amazing job. We faced a similar task last season but this year's Acura is significantly more advanced and it a much more high-tech car.
"The tremendous teamwork is just incredible. Everyone has just put their head down, worked together as a team and made it happen. After the crash on Thursday nobody else thought that this would be possible but our guys just never give up.
"I am really thankful for all the offers of support from our fellow Acura teams, other rivals and local suppliers - we are incredibly grateful. "Our guys have their eye on the championship and they are not going to let a crash get in the way of that."