Mechanical failure destroys Hunter-Reay perfect weekend. After a nearly perfect weekend that included his first Atlantic pole position, Ryan Hunter-Reay was faced with devastation when his ...
Mechanical failure destroys Hunter-Reay perfect weekend.
After a nearly perfect weekend that included his first Atlantic pole position, Ryan Hunter-Reay was faced with devastation when his #1 Toyota/Swift suffered a mechanical failure on lap 43. Hunter-Reay led 41 of the 70 laps and in just 27 laps, broke his existing track record that he set yesterday in qualifying. The Florida earned two championship points this weekend, one for the pole and another for setting the fastest lap of the race, he moved from 22nd to 19th in the championship points standings.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #1 Medlock Ames Winery/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift
Thursday Test: 1st 25.162 147.651
Friday Morning Practice: 1st 24.875 149.355
Friday Afternoon Practice: 1st 24.994 148.644
Saturday Morning Practice: 2nd 24.875 149.355
Qualifying: 1st 24.762 150.036
Warm Up: 2nd 24.903 149.187
Best Lap: 24.609 *New Track Record
Laps Led: 41
Hunter-Reay on the Race:
"I am incredibly disappointed. We dominated the race and I had an excellent car. This is an unbelievable shame. We lost a brand new motor this morning, so we had to replace it with a motor that had a lot of miles on it. We knew there was an outside chance this could happen, but we had no choice. I had a great start and a strong lead; this is the second race in a row that we have been the fastest car on the track, two races that we should have won. My team did such a great job this weekend and I feel that I drove really well. This result does not reflect our work and dedication. We were able to pick up two points this weekend, but we are not even close to where we should be in the championship. I guess we just need a little luck and hopefully it will come our way next weekend at Laguna Seca."