Race weekend at the Kansas Speedway started off on a scary note for the Guthrie Meyer Racing team. Ali Jackson, driver of the GMR/Moyvalley No.59 Dallara, was involved in an incident with Genoa Racing driver Richard Philippe. Philippe began to...
Race weekend at the Kansas Speedway started off on a scary note for the Guthrie Meyer Racing team. Ali Jackson, driver of the GMR/Moyvalley No.59 Dallara, was involved in an incident with Genoa Racing driver Richard Philippe. Philippe began to spin in turn three, and collected Jackson in an unfortunate racing accident. Jackson's car turned sharply and made contact with the wall nose first.
Jackson was examined by the medical team at the Kansas Speedway, and was diagnosed with a right foot contusion, and a sprained thumb. He was not cleared to return to the track Saturday, but will race in the Kansas Lottery 100 on Sunday if cleared by the medical team. Jackson's primary car was deemed beyond repair, and work on a backup car was started immediately.
Jesse Mason, driver of the Canadian Motor Speedway/maseRace No.49, celebrated his 25th birthday at the Kansas Speedway, Saturday. Mason qualified 18th for Sunday's 100-mile race.
Sean Guthrie, driver of the GMR/IZOD No.4, spent the first two practice sessions high on the speed charts, and qualified a solid 13th. Guthrie's car improved in each practice session, and ran particularly well in traffic leading the Indy Lights veteran to believe his car will be perfect for tomorrow's race.
Ali Jackson, driver No.59 GMR/Moyvalley Dallara :
"I'm definitely sore, but I overall I'm OK. Things like this happen in racing, so it's just something we have to deal with. I'm really proud of my guys. They worked all day to get our backup car ready for the race, so I'm hoping to get cleared to drive tomorrow morning and take that car to the front."
Butch Meyer, co-owner of GMR:
"It was unfortunate that Ali got collected in that accident this morning, but we're doing everything we can to get him back out on the track. We have worked all day getting the backup car ready to go, and assuming Ali is cleared by the medical staff tomorrow I'm confident he can move up in through the field during the race."
Sean Guthrie, driver No.4 GMR/IZOD/Faro Dallara:
"I feel really bad for Ali, and the guys on the 59 car, but Ali is a tough guy. He'll be ready to go tomorrow, and I have no doubt he'll be making his way to the front. Our car was actually pretty great today. Each session the car got better, but we were a little off on the qualifying setup. I think our car has a great race setup, so I'm really looking forward to making my way through the field tomorrow."
Jesse Mason, driver No.49 Canadian Motor Speedway/maseRace Dallara:
"I couldn't ask for a better birthday gift than to be racing in the Indy Lights this weekend. I'm not big on celebrations, but I just bought a new house so we're going to have a birthday/house warming party when we get home."
"I've really been looking forward to getting back on the ovals this season, but our car really hasn't been where we want it yet. We have fixed our under steer problem, but we are have a major acceleration problem on the straight aways. We're going to keep working on the issues, but tomorrow it's all going to be about staying out of trouble and avoiding the melee in front of us."