WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - It was a tough couple of days for Sebastian Landy (Great Falls, Va.) in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge races at Watkins Glen International.
Landy qualified 12th in the No.49 Porsche 997 GT for Friday's first race of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen weekend. But, two laps into that race, nine cars were involved in a multiple car accident that brought out the red flag. The good news was Landy avoided being involved in the incident and made it through the wreckage unscathed.
The bad news was four drivers were sent to the hospital for observation. The race was not restarted due to the amount of damaged cars and debris - essentially time elapsed on the 45-minute race. IMSA issued a post-race statement that the race was abandoned and that efforts will be made to reschedule it at another time.
"I was pretty lucky to make it through," Landy said of the accident. "I was there very early on at the beginning of it [the accident]. There was still a gap on the right side so I went for it. Then, everything big happened behind me. I was really fortunate."
Two cars that qualified in front of Landy did not make the start of Saturday's race due to the damage sustained in Friday's race. This allowed Landy to move up two spots to start 10th for the second race.
Landy got a great jump at the race start and quickly moved up to eighth after the first lap. But, shortly after Landy passed the No. 47 Porsche for seventh, made contact with the Turn 6 tire wall on lap eight. As a result, his car sustained right front damage and, due to the damage, the team decided not to continue. Landy pulled off track and waited for the race to end. He was classified as 10th in class.
"It was going well for a while," Landy said of his second race. "I just really started finding a rhythm. The car was good. Thanks to the crew and everyone at Alex Job Racing for their preparation. But, a little mistake by me and that's just enough here to throw it all away."
"It was tough conditions for Sebastian today," Alex Job, team owner said. "The track received a lot of rain all morning and it was still drying for the race. He was on rain tires and having a good run and just got caught out there in Turn 6. He was able to get some time on the Yokohama wet tires and we will bank that experience for the future."
The IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series heads to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Aug. 3 - 6 for the Continental Road Race Showcase at Road America.
This season, race fans can follow Alex Job Racing on Instagram @alexjobracing.
Alex Job Racing
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won five championships (GTC 2013, 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts ten Sebring 12-hour wins.