Tough break for Porsche’s Lietz

August 23, 2014

Tough break for Porsche’s Lietz

August 23, 2014

Porsche’s Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Richard Lietz has been forced out of this weekend’s round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship after suffering a fractured arm this morning.

Lietz left the course and hit the tire wall aboard the No.911 Porsche after fluid was spilled on the track by another car. Jan Magnussen’s Corvette also fell off moments later and struck the Porsche on the left hand side – inflicting heavy damage to both cars.

While Magnussen was treated and released from the track medical center, Lietz wasn’t so fortunate – being transported to a local area hospital and diagnosed with a fractured arm.

He will now return home to Austria where he will undergo surgery.

“We were in the final practice and getting ready for the qualifying lap. I had two good laps and everything was normal,” said Lietz.

“I came to the corner and the track was wet there. I spun off and hit the tire wall. Right after I stopped, the Corvette came and hit me on the driver side.

“That is what caused the injury. The hospital took good care of me here in Danville and now I will fly home and have surgery in Austria. I hope the best for the team and I will be watching closely.”

While the team missed qualifying, the Porsche North America are working on repairing the car. Details on a replacement driver for tomorrow’s event have not been confirmed at this stage.

Corvette Racing was able to repair the No.3 Corvette in time for Antonio Garcia to qualify sixth fastest.

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