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Petit Le Mans flashback: DeltaWing’s wild ride in practice (VIDEO)

Oct 14, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

A year ago, the controversial and radical DeltaWing made its North American race debut at Petit Le Mans. The race debut nearly didn’t happen because of this accident, when Gunnar Jeannette, driving the then-Nissan DeltaWing collided with a GTC class Porsche Cup car driven by Peter LeSaffre.

Jeannette’s car crested the hill after the Turns 10A/B chicane and dove to LeSaffre’s inside. The unsuspecting Porsche released wide off exit and as he came back on track, made contact with the DeltaWing. That pitched the black car and flipped it over.

The team, comprised of then-Highcroft Racing mechanics, rebuilt the car in order for Jeannette and Lucas Ordonez to race. Race they did, and the car finished an impressive fifth overall as an unclassified entry.

The DeltaWing has taken on new life in 2013 with a new team running the car, a new tire partner in Bridgestone, and most recently, a switch to a closed-top coupe version. Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge will wheel the car in the team’s home race this Saturday, in a race that marks the sendoff to the American Le Mans Series.

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