Porsche North America racing driver Fred Makowiecki has proclaimed something everyone already knew: the crash that robbed the No. 4 Corvette C7.R of the win at last weekend’s Long Beach Grand Prix was his fault.
The No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Tommy Milner was leading Sunday’s IMSA BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach with two minutes remaining when Makowiecki, driving the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, dove down the inside of Milner and spun him. Milner was able to get the car turned around in a timely manner and recovered to finish second, but the crash easily handed the win to Makowiecki’s teammates in the No. 911 Porsche.
“The collision in the penultimate lap was my fault,” Makowiecki said in a prepared statement post-race. “I was a touch too optimistic heading into the corner.”
Makowiecki did not approach Milner to discuss the incident or apologize post-race. His statement was made through a Porsche North America press release in which his teammate Earl Bamber also ironically said their win was “well earned,” but when you crash out your opponent in order to win, we’re not sure you can say you’ve earned much at all.