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Whelen Cadillac knocked out of R24 competition due to gearbox failure – Motorsports

Former F1 driver Felipe Nasr was consistently in the top five, with the # 31 Cadillac DPi-VR suddenly slowing down in NASCAR Turn 1 banking, leading the early stages of the race.

The car was in trouble first Poor opening stint from NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott on Saturday nightAnd when I counterattacked to regain that position on the lead lap, a problem with the exhaust manifold flattened the engine sound.

However, it was a Sunday morning gearbox issue that sent it to the garage, damaging expectations for the top five finishes of cars running throughout the Nasr and Pipo Derani championships.

“There were two differences. I don’t think they are connected,” Nasr said. “The engine sound changed a bit because of the exhaust problem. We kept running, the car was paced, and unfortunately when I left Turn 6, with the transition to the bank, I Lost the drive to change gears from 3rd to 4th. I heard a pretty loud noise from the gearbox, so the 4th gear was complete.

“I don’t know what to say, I feel terrible for everyone. We did a very good job throughout the weekend, and we started with Paul last weekend and come back with good luck next time. is needed.

“This is the most difficult race we have ever participated in. That’s why it’s the biggest race of the year. This time I was surprised.”

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AXR mechanics are working hard to solve the problem in order to save 6th place in the class with a 50 lap buffer in the previously problematic JDC-Miller Motorsports # 5 Cadillac.

“The team will do everything to get us back there,” Nasr said. “I drive it, I love it, but that’s what it is. There was a very good team of teammates, staff, sponsors, everyone, etc. The season is long, but this time It wasn’t our turn. “

– Motorsports

Whelen Cadillac knocked out of R24 competition due to gearbox failure

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