Watch an IMSA Driver Save a Spin, Avoid a High-Speed Flip, Win Anyway

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Photo credit: IMSA
Photo credit: IMSA

Rasmus Lindh was running second and charging down the leader with 90 minutes left in today's IMSA LMP3 support race at Virginia International Raceway. With his first win in sports cars in his sights, he pushed too hard and grabbed a little too much kerb through a fast left-hander. The car snapped around violently, air got trapped underneath it in the middle of a spin, and it began to tip up on two wheels, ready to blow over like a 90s Mercedes CLR. For a moment, it looked like the most disastrous possible outcome a single-car spin can have. Then, Lindh simply saved the car, made the pass for the lead, and won the race.

By the time Lindh gets all four wheels back on the ground, he's already moving fully backwards on a straightaway. While facing the rest of the field, he keeps the car rotating to snap it back around at speed. After a quick correction, he gets back up to speed and stays ahead of the car in third. Yes, the save was so smooth that he did not actually lose a spot. There is no clip of the pass, but Lindh moved into the race lead a few laps later and held it to the end.

In a team press release, Lindh says he saved the gearbox by remembering to kick in the clutch during the spin, but he credits the rest of the result to "a little bit of luck and skill." His description of the actual moment is a little less calm, though: "I saw the sky and I don't really know what happened."

This was Lindh's first win in an LMP3 car, but not his first impressive result. He finished as a runner-up in both the 2018 U.S. F2000 and 2019 Indy Pro 2000 championships, then moved to Indy Lights for the last three weekends of the 2021 season. His best finish in that series is fifth, while his best finish in six starts in IMSA's senior LMP3 category is a runner-up result at Road America.

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