Wallace Unhurt In Dyson Testing Accident - Weaver sets Mosport
A two day test for Dyson Racing
at Mosport International Raceway finished today with James
Weaver setting a faster lap time
with the #16
Thetford / Norcold Lola than his 2003 pole position mark in the
American Le Mans Series race at the legendary
Canadian road circuit.
The test program though did hit one bump in the road quite literally.
The running schedule
was interrupted briefly on Wednesday when the #20 Thetford / Norcold
crashed before entering Turn 8. Driver Andy Wallace was not injured
accident, and while the damage to the car was relatively minor,
on-site repairs were impossible and the test continued with just
the #16 Lola.
was caused by a combination of a maintenance problem with the
a strong headwind. While driving through
conditions, Wallace’s Lola pitched over a severe frost heave
left by an unusually harsh Canadian winter, and turned over. The
car landed on its rollover bar, skidded briefly along the track,
and then flipped back onto its wheels. Wallace stepped unaided
from the car.
“It was a bit of an exciting ride,” Wallace said. “We
checked the track
first thing in the morning but you don’t notice everything
in a rental car.
Besides, all of us were eager to get on with our work. Afterwards,
walking around the accident site, we noticed a large frost heave,
which the data downloaded from the car confirms as having been
the primary cause of the accident. I was sore when I woke up this
morning, but other than that I’m fine.”
Wallace continued to participate in the test, driving the #16
The test was briefly delayed in order to give an outside contractor
repair the frost heave. Later in the day, with the track fixed
and despite cool temperatures, Weaver posted lap times approaching
his 2003 ALMS pole time.
“It’s a pity that we didn’t have both cars available,” Weaver
could have gotten through the items on our list faster with two
cars, and it’s
useful to be able to compare data from both cars. But we still
productive and successful test.”
"Combined with the results from last month’s test at
Mid-Ohio, the results this week at Mosport confirm the technical
progress that our team has made over the winter," said team
owner Rob Dyson. "We won’t be racing at Mosport until
August, but when we get there our goal is to win the pole again
and improve by one position on our second-place overall finish
Butch Leitzinger and
Chris Dyson also participated in the test.