Highcroft to build up new chassis
|By Simon Strang||Friday, September 25th 2009, 01:00 GMT|
Highcroft Racing will build up a new Acura ARX-02a chassis in time for qualifying for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, following Scott Sharp's massive accident in second practice on Thursday.
The team is shipping out a new tub from Honda Performance Development, based in California, after deciding that the original chassis was beyond repair.
The tub is not expected to arrive in the paddock until 9am on Friday morning whereupon the team faces a race against time to have the car ready for competition.
"The guys are getting stuck into the car now and we will do whatever it takes to get the car back together," said team boss Duncan Dayton.
"Unfortunately, we suffered a similar set-back last year but the guys are not getting down, they are ready to work through the night.
"Our thanks go to all the guys at Acura, HPD and Wirth Research - that crash looked like an airplane accident and it is a credit to the those guys that Scott was able to walk away after that."
Sharp, who hit the Farnbacher Loles Porsche on the exit of the pitlane and rolled into the wall at Turn 2, was uninjured in the accident, but is still not sure how the accident occurred.
"I really don't know what happened," he said. "I was heading up the hill in sixth gear and felt a hit in the right rear.
"The wheel arches are very high with the wide front tires on the Acura - I didn't see a thing - only felt the contact.
"I knew it was a big one and I am just really grateful to Acura and all the boys at Patron Highcroft Racing for building such a strong car.
"I'm shattered for Duncan, all the guys, Brabs and Dario. We went through this last year and I can't believe it's happened again.
"I was just thinking to myself how much I like this place when next thing I'm headed upside down with a mouth full of Georgia clay."