This year’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) won’t even start until tomorrow, but at least two teams are already suffering serious setbacks.
Earlier today, former NASCAR driver and sports car racing legend Boris Said suffered a massive crash when his Whelen Corvette DP left the track at the first corner, making significant contact with the barrier wall that waited beyond the racing surface.
Said was transported to a local Canadian hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken rib and some assorted bumps and bruises. Said’s car (the no. 31 Whelen Engineering sponsored Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype), meanwhile, fared worse much than he did, and will not return to action this weekend.
A little further back in the field, Gas 2 favorites at the Panoz-owned DeltaWing Racing team weekend aren’t going much better than the Whelen team. Driver Andy Meyrick was behind the wheel of the DeltaWing toward the end of the practice session, when a fuel line rupture triggered a fire that caused the car’s composite chassis and body to delaminate. The damage was deemed too extensive to repair at Mosport, and the team is headed back to their shop in Georgia.
“It’s disappointing, because we were so quick here,” DeltaWing team manager Tim Keene told Motorsport. “But we’ve got a new chassis back at the shop so we’ll get back on track as quickly as possible.”
The DeltaWing team is expected to return to action at the Continental Tire Showcase at Road America on Sunday, August 10. And, while there’s no official word, yet, on when the Whelen car or Said will race again, they’re expected to be cleared in time for IMSA’s Indianapolis GP.
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