Collins & Edwards are 15th in NJ Grand-Am race
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Millville New Jersey (Sunday, May 3, 2009): Rain was the order of the day for Round 3 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 race at Thunderbolt Raceway at the New Jersey Motorsports Park as Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards, stymied by a fog shrouded windshield, finished a disappointing 15th in the GT class.

The severe fogging conditions on the windshield, caused by the combination of cold rain and a hot engine, steamed up the windshield and reduced visibility to zero from the drivers' seat.

Sunday began as a wet and dreary day but the rain slackened as the fans braved the cool and wet climate in Millville New Jersey to take the traditional pre-race Grand-Am Fan Walk in the pits. Unfortunately just as the field formed up on the track to take the green flag start the rains intensified and Round 3 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series was run under dreadful conditions for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Actually for Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards the standing water and rain soaked track weren't as much of an issue as Kelly Collins and the #07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R rowed, pun intended, out the storm and lead the race early on.

Kelly Collins, of Newport Beach California, started the race and led early as the rains pelted the Southern New Jersey track but he soon had problems seeing through the windshield eventually leading to a spin out of the lead when Kelly hit a large puddle he couldn't even see.

"Everything was fine early on but the windshield wiper only operated on the left hand side so it got to the point where I couldn't see out the right side," said Kelly Collins. "As it rained harder there it puddled up on the inside of the kink coming onto the main straightaway. I hit the puddle, the car aquaplaned and I spun the car.

"As I was working my way back up through the field I was passing around the outside in turn ten and three cars spun in front of me and I had to take to the grass again and I was back behind all of the cars I had just passed."

The problem for Collins and then Edwards worsened as there was almost zero visibility out the windshield of the #07 Pontiac due to heavy fogging and debris that caused the wiper to grind a swath into the windshield.

"As I was working my back up the order again the inside of the windshield started fogging and I literally couldn't make any more headway from that point on," said Collins. That was about an hour and fifteen minutes into the race. I then came in and Paul got in the car."
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