DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Spirit of Daytona Racing will be forced to skip the upcoming Long Beach Grand Prix following a violent crash in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring Int’l Raceway last weekend.
The No. 90 Cadillac DPi-V.R started from the pole at Sebring and was in contention for a podium when disaster struck just before 9 p.m. The crew had just performed their final driver change with Matt McMurry handing the wheel to Tristian Vautier.
Vautier, on cold tires and on his out lap from pit lane, got into the marbles in turn 17 at Sebring Int’l Raceway and made hard contact with the tire wall on lap 294.
The resulting damage to the No. 90 Cadillac DPi-V.R has led the team to make the decision to skip the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 13-14 as the team regroups and prepares to return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.
“Sebring was an emotional rollercoaster ride for us,” said team owner Troy Flis. “We knew that we had the right combination for success, so taking the pole confirmed our confidence in this package. From the great support at Cadillac, Dallara and ECR to our talented drivers, engineers and our hard-working crew members we feel that we are a threat to win at every event. Our team partners and fans are so important to us, we just knew that we were headed for another podium finish at Sebring.
“Unfortunately, racing provides the highest of highs and lowest of lows and at Sebring we experienced both. We are most thankful that Tristan (Vautier) was not injured in the crash. Our Cadillac did its job of protecting the driver but unfortunately the amount of damage to the car is extensive. Unfortunately, due to several circumstances we will not be able to attend the Long Beach event in April but we will regroup, rebuild and come back stronger than ever.”