Tricky Triangle Trials for Coyne Drivers
July 06, 2014
Long Pond, Pennsylvania - after a historic win for Carlos Huertas and Dale Coyne Racing last weekend in Houston, the team and drivers got right back to business by traveling to Pocono Raceway over the holiday weekend for the second race in the Triple Crown. The “Tricky Triangle” required drivers to utilize a unique skill set as the track’s three turns all have different degrees of banking on the 2.5 mile track. The two day event saw drivers qualify on Saturday evening and race on Sunday at noon.
Justin Wilson ran faster and faster times all day on Saturday but only managed to qualify in 16th position for the Pocono INDYCAR 500. Despite the promise his car adjustments made, Wilson was not able to keep pace with the leaders during the race.
A historically long green flag run went until lap 159 of 200 at which point Wilson had just been lapped by the leader. He took the fight to the other lapped cars and managed to bring the #19 Boy Scouts of America Honda home in 14th position. “I guess we just have to put this one behind us and look forward to the next two weekends in Iowa and Toronto,” commented Wilson after the grueling 500 mile race.
As a result of little testing and the difficult nature of the track, Carlos Huertas only managed a qualifying time good enough to put him 20th to start the race. Around the halfway mark of the race Huertas came down pit road for his third green flag stop of the race when his car mysteriously shut off just before reaching his pit box. Despite the team’s best efforts to get him back running, the #18 Café de Colombia would retire after completing only 89 of the 200 scheduled laps with a mysterious electrical problem that plagued a few Honda teams today.
Despite his disappointment, Huertas doesn’t have time to dwell on past races. “The guys will have to keep working on it and I will have to get ready for the next race,” he said after the checkered flag. “We have a good team and I know they will be ready next weekend.” Huertas finished in 20th position.
The next race in IndyCar’s rapidly paced schedule is the Iowa Corn Indy 300 in Newton, Iowa. This will be the fourth race in a stretch that will see the Verizon IndyCar Series host six races in just 23 days. The race will air live on NBC Sports Network at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, July 12. It can also be heard on the IMS IndyCar Radio on Sirius 213 and XM 209, your local radio station, or can be heard on IndyCar.com and on the Verizon IndyCar 14 app.
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