With the Can-Am Duels just a day away, teams are scrambling to repair their cars following an incident involving an oil slick during Wednesday’s Daytona practice that sent cars sliding and bumping onto each other.
Practice was underway at the Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday evening when driver Ty Dillon‘s No. 95 Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing car suddenly dropped oil through both Turns 1 and 2 along the 2.5-mile track. The cause of the oil leak was said to have been a cracked oil cooler. As this happened, the next pack of cars had no choice but to slip on the oil.
The cars of Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip were damaged worst from the oil slick. Of the damage, Newman said, “The tail section mostly is just body work but the right-front is up against the frame bar just a little bit.”
Nonetheless, Newman also said his crew chief, Luke Lambert, thinks the damage “looks entirely fixable.” Meanwhile, drivers Kyle Larson and David Gilliland were also not so lucky with their cars with Larson’s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team already deciding to unload a reserve vehicle following the damage Larson’s car sustained from the oil slick.
As for Dillon, he said that the broken cooler had not damaged his engine so his team would not need to change the motor. Moreover, he said that while he regrets ending up damaging so many cars due to a parts malfunction, he also admitted the problem was very hard to spot as the crack in the cooler was small.
Dillon explained, “It wasn’t like I could pull out of the way any quicker because I had so much oil on the right-front (tire).”
Wednesday’s practice ended with 2016 Rookie of the Year candidate Brian Scott setting the fastest lap on his No. 44 Chevrolet during practice 4 while McDowell topped practice 3 aboard his No. 59 Chevrolet. Meanwhile, pole winner Chase Elliott landed eighth in the leaderboard. His fastest lap was 198.286 mph.