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Airborne Crash for Mazda DPi Ends Practice 3

Rene Rast escapes injury in airborne accident in Practice 3 at Watkins Glen…

Image: IMSA

The third and final IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice session at Watkins Glen International came to an early end following an heavy accident for the No. 77 Team Joest Mazda RT24-P of Rene Rast, which ended upside down.

Contact with the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Patrick Lindsey sent Rast into the dramatic crash at the exit of the Esses.

The accident brought out the session-ending red flag with less than five minutes left on the clock, with Rast evaluated and released from the infield care center.

It was one of two red flags during the session, the first for the No. 55 Mazda DPi of Harry Tincknell, who briefly stopped on track before rejoining.

The No. 6 Team Penske Acura ARX-05 of Dane Cameron, meanwhile, led the way in the session with a 1:32.975 lap.

GT Le Mans was paced by the No. 67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook, with Kyle Marcelli pacing GT Daytona in the No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3.

Qualifying is set to get underway at 11:35 a.m. EDT.

RESULTS: Practice 3

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Jack

    June 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Do Mazda have a spare chassis available or are they done eith the 77 for the weekend?

    • Haskellb

      June 30, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Mazda bought four chassis, so they most likely aren’t out the race but the 77 might miss qualifying.

      • Jim

        June 30, 2018 at 11:36 am

        How would you know that?

    • kv

      July 6, 2018 at 10:11 am

      SOD sold the RILEY CHASIS THAT THE MAZDA is based on,and all MAZDA has to do is update that car to JOEST standards !

  2. shouldnt do that

    June 30, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I wouldn’t have done that

    • Old Trombone

      June 30, 2018 at 10:32 am

      No, you should not have done that [post]. Don’t do it again.

  3. João Coelho

    June 30, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Is there a video?

    • Jack

      June 30, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Patrick Lindsey instagram, no video of flip, just what caused it.

      • João Coelho

        June 30, 2018 at 11:15 am

        Thank you 🙂

  4. jeremy

    June 30, 2018 at 10:16 am

    anyone trackside could possibly report the extent of damage…its possible their weekend is done and perhaps even next week at ctmp. I don’t believe they have a second chassis available.

    • James

      June 30, 2018 at 10:28 am

      The car looks bad but not obviously written off, I watched it come back on the trailer. They have a spare car on display, but not sure if it’s a functional model. Im sure John Dagys will know more than I do soon.

  5. Pierre Fillon

    June 30, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Thank goodness they have the fin, otherwise he may have flipped

    • Matt

      June 30, 2018 at 10:43 am

      😂😂😂😂😂 thank the French

    • Jack

      June 30, 2018 at 10:48 am

      Flipped off contact from the wall, but ya know…

    • Pierreisamoron

      June 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      Holy crap, what a stupid comment, Pierre.

      • Matt

        June 30, 2018 at 9:48 pm

        How is “Pierre” a moron? He makes a great point about wheel arch cutouts and billboard fins not preventing flips. Multiple cars across differerent series have already flipped this year, as they do every year. The fina haven’t changed anything.

  6. RacerJason

    June 30, 2018 at 10:28 am

    • Jenner

      June 30, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Rene is a factory driver?

      Looks to me Patrick held his line.

    • amg gt

      June 30, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Jason. WTF is a bit of understatement

  7. FLB

    June 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Not Rast’s first flip of the year. He had a big one at Lausitzring earlier this year in DTM. Rast was also known as a big risk-taker while overtaking slower cars in VLN.

    • Mike S.

      June 30, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      Yeah seems to be a pattern with Rene.

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