Workman Goes Home Empty - Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta

23.01.2005: Workman Goes Home Empty - Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta

Atlanta, GA: "If racing is like casino gambling, then Petit Le Mans was snake-eyes! Road Atlanta is my favorite track," said Jason Workman, "so the disappointment here is even greater." Jason Workman was a "DNS - Did Not Start" at the Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta on September 25. His #7 AECOS/Marshall-Cook Lola B2K40-Millington P2 entry proved to be the unluckiest of all as the entry failed to make the grid in time for the running of the Petit Le Mans.

Trouble found unlucky #7 early. With last minute car preparation completed, the entry was able to take part in Thursday night practice session when a minor oil leak was discovered, forcing Workman and his co-drivers Ben Devlin and Rich Grupp to lightly test the car. After repairs, the car was ready for race set-up sessions on Friday morning. Unfortunately, the car suffered brake failure and Grupp crashed hard into a retaining wall. The crew worked day and night to repair it but ultimately, missed the deadline for IMSA technical and safety inspection by twenty minutes which forced the #7 entry out of the race before it even started.

"Itís very disappointing after all the work the crew put in to make repairs," added Workman. "What looked like an impossible job came within minutes of being accomplished. The crew did a great job to come close to getting the car repaired in time. Iím so disappointed for them after all the work they put in. I would have loved to have been able to get a chance to redeem unlucky #7 but I guess weíll have to wait until the next race."

Meanwhile, the Marshall-Cook sister entry, the Compactor Rentals Lola B2K40 driven by Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Ryan Eversley, coincidentally entry number 13, had a very successful race and finished 2nd in P2.

"I am not superstitious, at least not overly so," added Workman. "But number seven has proven to be unlucky to me. After this weekend, Iím sure if one thing, Iíll never wager on anything #7 in Las Vegas!"

The IMSA American Le Mans Series moves on to the final event of the 2004 season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 15-16.

by Alex Graas

Photo: Charlie Roeber.


23.01.2005 / MaP

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