Potential Double Podium Not to Be For Coyne Drivers at Indianapolis
May 10, 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana - The first weekend of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s “Month of May” activities kicked off with the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The inaugural race utilizes portions of the famed oval as well as purpose built infield Grand Prix circuit. The 2.434-mile, 14-turn circuit opened to rave reviews from all the drivers in the field.
“I ran here in 2003 in a Formula 1 car, but the improvements they have made make this a great race track today,” commented Justin Wilson.
The weekend would open up with practice that saw the team work through evolving track conditions including rubbering in of a new race track. Teams experienced various bouts with rain over the three practice sessions and a wet and dry qualifying session.
Carlos Huertas would again, for the second weekend in a row, just out qualify his seasoned teammate Justin Wilson and start 17th just ahead of Wilson in 18th.
The standing start of the race would begin with a crash caused by the pole sitter stalling on the start. Carlos and Justin managed their way through and would go on to run really strong times during their first stint of the race on the harder, black Firestone tires.
Strong speed and excellent race strategy would see Justin leading the race and Carlos in second place on lap 30 of the 82 lap race. The duo would continue to run strong in the middle of the race. Carlos was running pace to finish on the podium. Unfortunately, a fueling delay on his penultimate pit stop dropped the talented Colombian back in the field. Huertas would go on to finish 13th.
“We had a really good race going,” commented the 22 year old Huertas. “With the ups and downs of practice and qualifying the car was perfect for the race.”
Justin Wilson would run steady to the lead and was poised for a race win. With enough fuel to make it to the end of the race and knowing the rest of the field still had to stop one more time, the #19 Boy Scouts of America car was in a position to win the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
“We had a really good car for the race, all the guys have done a great job and the strategy was perfect,” reflects Justin. “I just got checked up on the 77 car and when I came back on track I clipped him causing a broken front wing assembly.”
The team would be forced to call him in and replace the part ending a potential win here in Indianapolis. Wilson would finish the race in 11th position.
The team will work overnight tonight to ready its three car entry and begin practice tomorrow for the famed Indianapolis 500. Look for Carlos Huertas in the #18 Café de Colombia car, Justin Wilson in the #19 Boy Scouts of America car and returning star Pippa Mann driving the pink and white #63 Susan G. Komen RaceWithPippa car as they prepare for the Indianapolis 500.
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