Practice crash puts Corvette out of race

Factory Corvette driver Kelly Collins had a hard crash at the end of the morning warm-up session for today's (Saturday's) American Le Mans Series Grand Prix race at Miami. Because of heavy damage suffered in the accident, the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R that Collins shares with Briton Oliver Gavin will not start the race on the downtown street circuit

Practice crash puts Corvette out of race

Gavin had set the fastest GTS class time of the morning warm-up, turning a lap of 51.692s, prior to the team making a driver change halfway through the 30-minute session. The car crashed in turn 12 and came to rest with the left side against a wall. Although Collins was moving around inside the car, he had to exit from the right side. He was examined and released from the track medical facility.

"We had been bottoming out on that bump all weekend, so I was trying to find a different line on it and I squared up to it," explained Collins who, with Gavin, is second in the GTS points standings. "When I came down I brushed the right side of the car on the wall. It must have spun me and then I hit hard on the front left.

"The team installed a composite crash box earlier this season in the roll bars on the left-side door and I can attribute that to why I'm in good shape now."

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