TORONTO (April 11, 2022) // After showing promise for a podium finish at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Pfaff Motorsports fell victim to an unusual pit lane incident that ended the team’s race prematurely.Entering the weekend as IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD Pro class leaders, the No. 9 Driveway Porsche 911 GT3 R qualified second for Saturday’s 100-minute race. Mathieu Jaminet held the spot throughout his stint and with an hour remaining, brought the car to the pits to swap seats with co-driver Matt Campbell.
However, midway through the stop, a flying wheel nut from another competitor flew into the Pfaff pit box and through the Porsche’s radiator housing. Still spinning quickly after having been removed by a 14,000-rpm wheel gun, the wheel nut punctured the radiator. The team quickly spotted leaking water before Campbell pulled away and was forced to retire the car. The competitor was issued a drive-through penalty afterwards.The fifth-place finish at Long Beach moves Pfaff Motorsports to second in the championship standings, less than three weeks ahead of the fourth round of the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. That race, the two-hour, 40-minute Monterey Sports Car Championship Presented by Motul, is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT and can be watched live on NBC Network.
“Of course, it was a disappointing end to the weekend. We had a clean run until that and the car was spot on. The team did an amazing job, it was the third race in a row where I think we really performed and maximized the performance. I guess this would’ve been a nice P2 for us without the incident in pit lane. It’s just super unfortunate, I’m really disappointed and also losing the championship lead due to that. We’ll take the positives – the car is good, the team is doing great – we’ll bounce back in Laguna Seca in two weeks.”
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