No doubt that more cars have encountered challenges, but here is an update on cars further down the order. Each car has its own following and it can be difficult to keep up with what’s happening outside of the lead battles.
- Mazda Prototypes #55 and #70: Mazda reported the #70 retired due to a flywheel issue and the #55 retired with a valve train issue. Mazda is closer on pace, but now need reliability. Team was disappointed with result, but very encouraged.
- Delta Wing #0 Prototype: Retired after crash damage inflicted on the rear of the #8 PC car in turn one.
- #37 BR01 Prototype: Many laps down with various maladies. Most recently had an electrical problem with caused a fairly short trip to the garage with a change of steering wheel and a lot of laptop looking, but the car returned in 47th overall, 96 laps down.
- #60 Michael Shank Ligier: An engine failure when Negri was running in the lead.
- Core Autosport #54 Prototype Challenge: Retired with engine failure.
- Starworks #8 and #88: Both retired after separate incidents.
- #38 Performance Tech Motorsports: Transmission problems which put the car many laps down. At last look, the crew was hovering but the car had not retired.
- BMW #100: Retired after a failure caused Lucas Luhr to crash into the wall on the outside of turn one.
- Ford #66 and 67: Similar gearbox issues slowed both cars turning the race into an extended test session. Now circulating in 35th (#67) and 39th (#68) overall (18 laps and 30 laps off the class lead). Have moved up the overall with consistent running while others have retired or run into problems.
- #16 Change Racing Lamborghini: Working hard to repair significant suspension damage caused in crash with the #48. Not retired, but a lot of work remains.
- #96 Turner BMW: Flat spot caused tire blowout which inflicted major damage to the nose and required material work to repair. Not retired and still running in 46th overall and 21st in class.
Kevin Ehrlich & Gary Horrocks