Comprent Motor Sport team statement regarding incorrectly issued black flag for car ...
Comprent Motor Sport team statement regarding incorrectly issued black flag for car #1, Tom Drewer, during Road America weekend.
Comprent Motor Sport driver Tom Drewer's weekend was effectively ruined after he was incorrectly issued a black flag during Round 9 of the 2009 IMSA Lites Championship at Road America.
Drewer qualified in sixth position for Round 9. However, after setting that time his sealed spec-engine failed.
Comprent motorsport replaced the sealed Élan Power Products engine with an identical sealed spec-unit, under the watch of an Élan representative before Round 9 and Drewer was given a 'hardship' lap 1 hour prior to the race commencing to complete an 'installation' lap on the new engine.
After not questioning Drewer or the team regarding the engine change prior to taking his starting position for the race, race officials incorrectly black-flagged Drewer during the first green flag lap of racing after the first full-course yellow and restart.
It must be noted that Comprent Motor Sport, its team members and driver Tom Drewer did in no way breach any rules or regulations.
Complying with race control, Comprent Motor Sport instructed Drewer to pit on that lap for the incorrectly applied stop and go penalty. Drewer, who was running 6th at the time of being issued the black flag rejoined the track as the last placed runner. Before completing one full lap of the circuit at full pace the race was again placed under full-course yellow and the race remained under full-course yellow until the chequered flag was displayed. Drewer was classified as finishing in 15th position, 14th in class.
As a result Drewer did not have the opportunity to complete a full 'flying- lap' to set his qualifying position for race 2 of the weekend, Round 10. Drewer started race 2 in 15th position and fought hard to move up to finish in 8th position.
Kevin Kloepfer, Team Owner, Comprent Motor Sport: "I'm extremely disappointed with what happened, for both my team and our driver Tom Drewer.
We did nothing wrong, the team didn't break any rules or regulations."
Tom Drewer, Driver, Car #1, Ubantu Resort / Daily Planet Racing: "I have been denied of two likely top six finishes and valuable Championship points. It will likely effect my final Championship position. I am very disappointed, particularly for all my sponsors, including Ubantu Resort, and my supporters, fans, friends and family both here in America and back home in Australia who give up so much to allow me to race.
But I have already put this behind me and I'm just looking forward to getting on with it. I live to race and love and respect the sport. I love racing here in America. I just hope my backers will see fit to continue given this adversity."
Prior to the Road America weekend Drewer sat in 5th position in the 2009 Lites 1 Championship standings, only 4 points behind 4th placed Comprent teammate Jonathan Gore. Drewer is the reigning 2008 IMSA Lites 2 Drivers' Champion. A copy of the corrected time sheet with the notation for the incorrect issuing of the black flag is included with this release.