Being off sequence for the previous caution, the 20 stayed out and recovered one of its lost laps. This latest caution fell in the regular pit stop window, again based on fuel consumption. However, during this stop for fuel, tires and new driver...
Being off sequence for the previous caution, the 20 stayed out and recovered one of its lost laps. This latest caution fell in the regular pit stop window, again based on fuel consumption. However, during this stop for fuel, tires and new driver -- Mariono Franchitti out, Andy Lally in -- a wheel nut got caught up in the air gun and was slung"out of the box", an infraction that incurred an automatic stop-and-go penalty by Lally once the green came out.
Franchitti reaffirmed Leitzinger's assessment of the car being a touch oversteery: "It was easy to get it to oversteer. I was having to drive around that problem for sure. Maybe the track conditions are helping a little bit now. But, yeah, it's easy to drive a certain pace, but to go any quicker, you're very on-the-edge particularly on corner entry.
"So all-in-all, I think we've got a great car, very comfortable. It's my first-ever stint in an RS Spyder with Dyson Racing. The time I drove was Detroit, last year. It was just a case of learning. I wasn't going to learn anything by making mistakes. I just tried to hit my marks and keep an OK pace. I don't think I set the world on fire, but I was pretty sensible about it. Hopefully, I can make another stint.
"The car's actually great when we're on our on. And even in traffic the car's good, but some of these guys [other drivers] are doing stuff you just can't believe. It makes it difficult. I know it's the same for everybody.
"Hey, I'm just happy I'm here. There's been all this build-up since I signed with Dyson Racing, thinking 'what's-it-going-to-be-like? what's-it-going-to-be-like?'
"I always loved James' (Weaver's) orange gloves. So I've had Puma make me some special ones [pointing to the bright orange pair he'd just removed] and I'll be using them all year. And today is the first day I've actually used them. Kind of feels cool -- having the old orange gloves back. I just hope I can be half the driver James was."