A BLOW OUT LEAVES PRIMETIME STRANDED IN THE ST. PETE STREET FIGHT St. Petersburg, FL (April 6, 2009) - For the second year running, Primetime has developed a bittersweet relationship with the St. Petersburg street circuit. Fifty-three minutes...
A BLOW OUT LEAVES PRIMETIME STRANDED IN THE ST. PETE STREET FIGHT
St. Petersburg, FL (April 6, 2009) - For the second year running, Primetime has developed a bittersweet relationship with the St. Petersburg street circuit. Fifty-three minutes into the St. Pete Grand Prix, slippery track conditions and tire complications resulted in an equation that left the Viper stranded in turn 10 on the back straight.
With very little track time and data to dial in the Viper’s set-up, Primetime remained confident they would make a solid gain in championship points in round two of the 2009 American Le Mans Series racing season. “This particular street circuit is very technical with tight corners and hard braking points, which makes it extremely challenging for the front engine Viper to overtake which forces us to drive harder than any other driver out there", said Primetime driver Chris Hall.
With a precise strategy in place, Primetime owner and driver Joel Feinberg started the street fight in P8. Working his way through the field, Feinberg attempted to pass the LG Corvette on lap 3 in turn two as he was quickly forced off the track spinning and lightly brushed the wall compromising two positions. Feinberg regained control and hit the track running for another solid 35 laps moving the #11 Viper through the field into the 5th position.
In lap 38 with debris on track in turn one, Feinberg locked up in the brake zone resulting in a blowout in the right front tire. The Viper limped around the downtown waterfront streets as Feinberg attempted to complete the lap on a deteriorating tire trying to reach pit lane for a tire change. Making his way into the fast left hand kink on the back straight, he had lost steering control which sent the Viper into the concrete barrier wall.
A sad ending to an optimistic beginning:
The Viper was towed back to the Primetime garage where a mob of fans observed the crew as they assessed the damages. Thankfully the chassis was not affected by the accident; however, there was a significant amount of body damage as well as front and rear suspension damage. “I am lost for words," states Feinberg. “With our strategy and clean racing we had the potential to finish on the podium, I guess that’s racing… I would like to thank BryanMark Group, Louis Moinet, Post 911 Foundation and all my sponsors for their support. I look forward to delivering better results in round 3 at the Long Beach Grand Prix."