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Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia arrive at VIR atop the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTLM standings. If that sounds familiar, they were in virtually the same position entering VIR last year. It is what happens next that they hope will be quite different.
Things happen fast in racing. You can ask Magnussen.
At 9:28 a.m., with just two minutes remaining in the Saturday morning practice session, another car dropped oil on the racing line in turn 2.
Porsche’s Richard Lietz was the first to encounter the oil on the track and spun hard into the turn 2 wall. Trailing close behind, Magnussen also hit the oil, spun and slid sideways into the stopped Porsche.
Lietz suffered a fractured upper left arm. Magnussen had a concussion. And just that fast his 2014 TUDOR Championship title hopes had ended. Jordan Taylor, a Prototype champion and third driver with Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in recent years stepped in for Magnussen at VIR.
“It was tough going from leading the championship to missing the race,” said Magnussen.
“They have a new rule this year that would have helped me to get my points for that race in that situation, but that doesn’t matter. It happens. You move on.”