SCG003 Crashes At Nurburgring; Withdraws From This Weekend’s 24 Hours Race
After suffering a 120 mph shunt during night qualifying for the 2015 Nürburgring 24 hours, the yellow No. 40 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003C has withdrawn from the race. Highly experienced American driver Ken Dobson was behind the wheel at the time and was cleared of any injuries after being admitted to the circuit medical center.
“The car protected him in a huge crash. We’ll rebuild her. She will race again,” said Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus on its Facebook page. “Her owner has a lot of heart. Chassis 001 is going to race for her sister and then drive to Villa d’Este next Sunday. As a great American once said: We’ve just begun to fight.”
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus still has one bullet left in the chamber in the form of the No. 9 chassis 001 SCG003C, which is the bare carbon-fiber car owned by Glickenhaus himself. The No. 9 has proven to be very competitive so far. After making it through to the final 30 qualifying round (and earning the all-important flashing blue light), drivers Lauck Manuel, Franchitti Marino, Jahn David and Mailleux Franck will start from 24th place. The No. 26 Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3 starts from the front.
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Why it matters
Losing a car in qualifying before the race even starts has got to be heartbreaking, but the feeling must be compounded after you’ve spent millions and invested countless hours to develop and build the car from the ground up with a small team of dedicated engineers and mechanics. It’s the type of thing you sign up for when you go endurance racing.
The good news is that it sounds like the No. 40 is reparable and will survive to race another day. In the meantime, you can bet we’ll be pulling for the No. 9 car during the race this weekend.
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