Birmingham, Alabama – Justin Wilson scored his second top 10 finish in as many races as he finished an impressive eighth in the running of the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park Racecourse Sunday afternoon.
"Overall it was a pretty good day for the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda,” said Wilson. “We got held up a bit on our first pit stop of the day and that cost us some track positions. But we were able to battle back and regain all of them. The Dale Coyne Racing team gave me a great car all weekend and we were able to secure another Top 10 finish. I would have loved to finish higher, but I am satisfied with eighth place on the day.”
Wilson was especially pleased with how his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car performed today.
“I was telling my engineer that it is so nice having an offensive car compared to a defensive one,” Wilson said. “We were able to overtake a lot of cars during the race. We will keep plugging away and hopefully improve on our finish today in two weeks in Long Beach."
Ana Beatriz, driver of the No. 18 Ipiranga Honda, showed promise again on Sunday until amechanical problem ended her day 25 laps short of the checkered flag. Beatriz, who finished 24th, went a lap down early in the race, but was able to make in back up and run with the race leaders until lap 65. This was her first time racing on the very challenging 2.38-mile road course at Barber Motorsports Park.
"We ran a solid race up until we had the mechanical failure,” said Beatriz. “I had a good rhythm going and we were able to gain our lap back. The No. 18 Ipiranga Honda team did a great job getting me quickly out of the pits today. Luckily I found out the mechanical problem just before I passed the pit road entrance. This was my first time atBarber Motorsports Park and while it wasn't the result I wanted, we are improving as a team each race. We will set our sites on Long Beach in two weeks and hopefully continue to improve."
“All aspects are coming together,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “The team and drivers are continuing to show improvement each week and we are looking forward to the third race of the season.”
The IZOD IndyCar Series takes a weekend off before returning to action on April 21st in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which can be seen live on NBC Sports TV starting at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).
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