Jon Shaffer and his LS-powered s14 that he has nicknamed Tiffany were looking solid in practice. On his first qualifying run, Shaffer initiated high on the bank and as he was approaching the end of the infamous big bank his power steering pump failed and the exact wrong moment, putting the car into the wall at dangerous speeds. Shaffer was thankfully able to walk away from the accident injury-free (which is a big statement for TDL’s tech and safety standards), but Tiffany had seen better days. The wreck unfortunately ended Shaffer’s weekend much earlier than he had planned for.
After a dramatic and hard-fought qualifying session, the bracket was a preview of what was yet to unfold in Top 16: