TUSC Petit Le Mans Morning Practice Rained Out

By Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
Writer
October 3, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

BRASELTON, Ga.—The heavy weather predicted all week to it the Atlanta area Friday came right on schedule. Clouds rolled in overnight, and the rwwin started falling as the sun started rising.

At first the precipitation was light—mostly—which allowed the Cooper Tires Prototypes Lites series to run its first race if the weekend. That race was rained out halfway through, and only two Tudor United Sportscar Championship cars—the #19 Muehlner Porsche and the #73 Park Place Porsche—even tried to take laps.

The Park Place car parked after s single lap, while the Muehlner car completed seven minutes before giving up. The session was red flagged as soon as the Muehlner car parked.

The rain eased ninety minutes after the Tudor session ended, allowing the scheduled Porsche GT3 Cup race to take the green flag on time—and immediately devolve into a multi-car collision.

As of 11:30 a.m. track officials were trying to clear the damaged cars and restart the race. By 11:40 the rain had slackened and the race restarted.

The skies over Braselton are clearing at publishing time; the rest of the day’s activities should go off as planned including the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at 1:15 p.m. and Tudor Championship qualifying at 4:20 p.m.

The chaotic start to the Porsche GT3 Cup race (Photo generously donated by Mr. Halston Pitman, MotorSports Media)
The chaotic start to the Porsche GT3 Cup race (Photo generously donated by Mr. Halston Pitman, MotorSports Media)
Chris Jasurek