Being forced out of a race through retirement is hard, but its even worse when you can't even make the start, as Jason Workman found out at Road Atlanta.

Instead of taking part in the Petit Le Mans, Workman was forced to watch from the sidelines as his #7 EACOS/Marshall-Cook Lola B2K40-Millington P2 entry failed to make the grid in time for the race.

With last minute car preparation completed, the entry was able to take part in the Thursday night practice session when a minor oil leak was discovered, forcing Workman and his co-drivers Ben Devlin and Rich Grupp to lightly test the car. After repairs, the car was ready for the race set-up session on Friday morning.

Unfortunately, the car suffered brake failure and Grupp crashed hard into a retaining wall. The crew worked day and night to repair it but ultimately missed the deadline for IMSA technical and safety inspection by twenty minutes which forced the #7 entry out of the race before it even started.

"It's very disappointing after all the work the crew put in to make repairs," Workman said. "What looked like an impossible job came within minutes of being accomplished. The crew did a great job to come close to getting the car repaired in time. I'm so disappointed for them after all the work they put in. I would have loved to have been able to get a chance to redeem unlucky #7 but I guess we'll have to wait until the next race."

Meanwhile, the Marshall-Cook sister entry, the Compactor Rentals Lola B2K40 driven by Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Ryan Eversley, had a very successful race and finished second in P2.

 

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