INDIANAPOLIS (27 July 2012)-Turner Motorsport racer Michael Marsal was looking forward to a big day in his first race at one of the most famous race tracks in the world. Unfortunately, the inaugural Brickyard Sports Car Challenge proved to only deliver disappointment after a brief day in the office at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In a race that attracted over 70 entries, Marsal suffered a setback on lap one. As the green flag waved, an electrical issue was discovered and Marsal immediately pulled into pit lane. He spent the next five laps on pit lane with the hood of his No. 97 BMW M3 up for crew members to diagnose the issue. After recycling the electronics, he returned to the fray only to see the car stop on course when the electronics seemed to shut the system down. So after completing only two race laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marsal and his crew determined that their day was done, due to problems with engine electronics.
"I'm really disappointed--we've had a similar issue with the car before and it is unfortunate to have it come back and bite us like this," said Marsal. "We had a car that was going to be really good for this race, so to only get two laps in is really frustrating."
Marsal was particularly upset about his early exit from the race because of his enthusiasm and awe at driving at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I was smiling all day yesterday, just thinking about getting the chance to race at Indianapolis. This was definitely a race I was looking forward to and I just hate for it to have ended early."
He ended the race in 32nd position.
Marsal will next return to GRAND-AM competition at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 8 during the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival. He will be back in American Le Mans Series action next weekend as he once again joins Dyson Racing for the Mid-Ohio event.
SPEED will televise the event on Sunday, August 5 at 12:00 PM (ET).