Ben Keating’s crash at Turn 8 during the morning practice session was big enough to require a second Mercedes-AMG GT3 chassis to be prepared for the Texan and teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen to continue racing this weekend in Road America.
With a spare chassis on hand, and a big task ahead, the Riley Motorsports team has started the process of building it up for use on Saturday.
“We won’t make the afternoon session, and at least at this point, we expect to make the morning session,” Keating told RACER. “I’m sore, but I’ll be OK.”
Keating put the crash down to the use of new racing shoes which, despite sounding like an odd occurrence, it not an entirely uncommon experience.
“I wore new shoes and my foot slipped off the brake pedal,” he said. “It was like going out on sticker tires. Unfortunately, you’re on threshold braking there, trying to do a good lap, can’t afford to give up anything, and my foot slipped off the brake.
“It’s the hardest hit I’ve ever experienced. There’s frame damage, for sure. I made the turn just enough that I didn’t hit any tires or the gravel trap. I went straight into the concrete barrier. I didn’t bounce off or anything. It just stopped.”