The No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo has been ruled out of Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park following a weekend-ending accident for the GT Daytona class contender in Practice 3.
Ryan Hardwick was at the wheel when contact was made between his car and one of the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, sending the Lamborghini off hard into the Turn 2 wall.
Extensive chassis damage was sustained to the right side of the car, which Hardwick said is “irreparable” for this weekend.
“The incident this morning was with a prototype car,” Hardwick explained.
“He came across my front as I was exiting Turn 1. It didn’t even happen in a corner, it happened on the exit of the corner on a straightaway.
“I felt the guy had 90 percent of the track to work with but he chose to come over and take over the 10 percent of the track that I was on going in a straight line and it shot me off the track and into the wall.
“We’ve got irreparable car damage where we can’t compete this weekend.”
While the team has a spare, 2019 Evo-spec chassis at its shop in Georgia, it is not on-site this weekend.
It leaves 33 cars tomorrow’s two-hour and 40-minute race, and 12 cars in GTD following numerous pre-event withdrawals.
The accident is expected to alter the Paul Miller’s logistics, as the team was planning to stay in the Northeast between CTMP and the next IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Lime Rock Park in two weeks’ time.
It also comes at a difficult time for Lamborghini, which had several of its Huracan GT3 Evos severely damaged in accidents earlier this week at the Total 24 Hours of Spa test days.