Albuquerque, Jaminet View Late-Race Crash as Racing Incident
Albuquerque, Jaminet, two of the most highly-regarded racers in the sportscar racing world, have weighed in on a contentious late-race crash during the recent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Sebring, asserting that the incident was an unavoidable racing incident.
The crash in question occurred on the final lap of the 12-hour endurance race, when Albuquerque made contact with Jaminet’s car in an effort to overtake him for the win. Although the collision caused both drivers to retire from the race, neither believed the incident was anything more than a racing accident.
“I think it’s something that can happen in motorsport,” Albuquerque said. “It’s a very difficult and technical sport, and in the end, it’s a competition, so sometimes these things can happen.”
Jaminet went on to add that the crash was simply a consequence of racing in close quarters. “It’s very difficult to overtake in this kind of racing,” he said. “It’s a very technical sport with not a lot of room for error. We were both pushing for the win, and unfortunately, it didn’t turn out the way we wanted.”
The two drivers’ mutual understanding of the incident has been echoed by the sportscar racing community, with many viewing it as a racing incident that was simply part of the sport. Although neither driver was able to take the win, their willingness to accept the incident as unavoidable is a testament to the respect that exists between racers in the sport.