Well, both of the teams I was rooting for at VIR had misfortunes before the race even started. Team Euro Motorworks who I still work for crashed in the promoter practice on Thursday before the event. With significant bodywork, exhaust damage, and frame damage, the car was taken back to the shop in Indianapolis for repairs.
The HART #93 Civic grenaded an engine at the entrance to the Climbing Esses in Friday practice. A connecting rod let go and shot through the oil pan. The engine bay caught fire and was apparently shooting flames out from under the car enough to melt the rear bumber. Luckily, driver Chad Gilsinger was able to get out safely with no injuries. The car is repairable to they should be ready for their next race, Watkins Glen.
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