Damon Racing Left To Rue What Might Have Been At The Glen
September 9, 2019
Watkins Glen, NY - September 9, 2019 - Round 10 of the 2019 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli TA2 Class at Watkins Glen was always going to be challenging and so it proved to be for Tom Sheehan in the No. 97 LTK Insulation Technologies Ford Mustang when an apparent “bad bounce” ended the charge forward.
Issues plagued the Damon Racing team through the first test to the last day, From the start of testing session at the legendary upstate New York former Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Sheehan only managed P11 in the official practice session.
After untimely power steering failure in qualifying with a time of 1:53:554 for P13 on the grid, the team’s sights were set firmly on an assault on the top ten .The No. 97 made a great start, but the cruelest twist of fate disabled the LTK Mustang early in the race and gave absolutely no option but to retire after completing 11 laps.
"The Glen was a cornucopia of racing cruelty and lows," stated Sheehan after the race. "I am proud of the effort and the heart of the crew, who worked super hard. We battled back through some untimely adversity. I had a great car to race had a terrific start but the ugly monkey just spoiled our day."
Of the freak incident that led to the early finish he added, "It was possibly the most bizarre DNF I have experienced in a long career. Our day was ended by cooling ductwork disconnected from its mounting points under the car. Track debris must have shattered the NACA duct housing. The result was 12 feet of slinky, cooling ducts, unraveling about 150 feet of wire wrapped our driveshaft. The wire finally bound our drivetrain to the point it overpowered the drive shaft. The result is painful but out of my hands. I couldn’t have imagined that scenario ever playing out. Thanks to everyone who came out the TA2 field put on a great show. We get another crack at racing next at VIR."
The season heads towards the finale with three events remaining in 2019.
As Tom said, next up on the track for the LTK Insulation Technologies Ford Mustang is a trip to the Virginia International Raceway September 20 - 22.
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