The Glenn Yee Motorsports Porsche 996 has had a topsy-turvy maiden voyage so far this weekend at the Grand-Am Cup 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Record breaker... The new team Porsche 996 racing machine piloted by Hugh Plumb set ...
The Glenn Yee Motorsports Porsche 996 has had a topsy-turvy maiden voyage so far this weekend at the Grand-Am Cup 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The new team Porsche 996 racing machine piloted by Hugh Plumb set the unofficial track record for the GS class during today's second practice session. Plumb then proceeded to better his own record in the third practice session of the day with a lap time of 1:28.3 around the 2.3-mile course. During that same session, Escalette made contact with the wall in the high speed NASCAR turn 4 and bent a lower control arm and tow arm as well as sustaining body damage on the right rear quarter of the Porsche.
The crew moved quickly and replaced the control and tows arms and got the car ready for GS class qualifying. With Escalette behind the wheel ready to qualify, he heard a knocking sound halfway through his out lap and knew there was trouble.
The axle broke during the brush with the wall in NASCAR turn 4 during practice session. The crew couldn't have known this until the Porsche racing machine turned that first lap during qualifying.
#@Back of the grid...
Because of the broken axle, Escalette couldn't qualify the No. 25 Porsche and as a result, the car will start at the back of the GS grid for the start of tomorrow's race.
Geoff Escalette, No. 25 Glenn Yee Motorsports Porsche 996
"The car was getting better and better and now we've hit a bump in the road so to speak. The crew will get this handled tonight and I'm confident we'll be ready to go tomorrow. This is only a minor setback and qualifying won't determine the outcome of this race"
Hugh Plumb, No. 25 Glenn Yee Motorsports Porsche 996
"It's been an interesting race weekend so far. I'm happy with how the car has been handling and I'm pleased about my earlier times. I just wish Geoff could have spent a little more time in the car today. It's a new car and we're getting everything worked out. The crew has been tremendous so far this weekend. They've really been putting in 150% into this car and they're going to get things going and we're going to give it our best tomorrow. We'll have a few cars to work through to get back up front, but we can do it."