Alan Sciuto Racing: Sunday at the Beach April 15, 2007 (Long Beach, Calif.) -- Alan Sciuto had run many race scenarios through his head as he prepared for the Imperial Bank Champ Car Atlantic Challenge, but being run into the wall between turns...
Alan Sciuto Racing: Sunday at the Beach
April 15, 2007 (Long Beach, Calif.) -- Alan Sciuto had run many race scenarios through his head as he prepared for the Imperial Bank Champ Car Atlantic Challenge, but being run into the wall between turns one and two -- on the first lap -- wasn't one that he had thought about.
After putting in a strong fourth-place qualifying effort for the two-race-old Alan Sciuto Racing team, Sciuto made a strong getaway from the standing start along Shoreline Blvd. His great run, however, was thwarted as he was left with no opportunity to make a pass into turn one. However, fifth-starting John Edwards snuck under Sciuto entering the corner, but as the two exited the corner, the Red Bull Junior driver made contact with Sciuto, sending him into the concrete wall, ending the Orange, Calif. resident's day.
The impact was hard enough to dislocate a finger in Sciuto's right hand as the steering wheel jerked from the impact with the concrete. But both Sciuto, and his Swift, will be ready for on-track action this Friday at the JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park.
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"We got a good run on the leaders from the standing start -- we definitely got a better start than the guys ahead. Matos defended the inside as we got into turn one, and Bomarito had to get out of it, and when he did he moved way to the outside. He didn't see me, and put me into the pitlane.
"That made me enter the turn much wider than I wanted to, and Edwards got inside me into turn one. But he came in too hot, because as we exited the corner he was sliding wide and he pushed me into the wall. It wasn't a blatant move, but he just had a little too much speed. He was going to go to the wall whether I was there or not.
"I thought we had a great car and we could have been at the front today. All credit goes to the crew, including my engineer Gerald (Tyler), for getting us up to speed so quickly. We'll definitely be going for better results in Houston."