San Jose: Andreas Wirth race notes

Bit of a bumpy weekend for Wirth Andreas Wirth is ready to put the streets of San Jose behind him and head to Denver. "I don't know how to explain this weekend actually. The track was very bumpy, tight and tricky." said Andreas. "The first...

Bit of a bumpy weekend for Wirth

Andreas Wirth is ready to put the streets of San Jose behind him and head to Denver. "I don't know how to explain this weekend actually. The track was very bumpy, tight and tricky." said Andreas.

"The first qualifying I was having trouble with my braking, but ended up 6th. By Saturday, though, the track configuration was changed and Friday's times thrown out. We worked with my car but I still had problems braking. This track is tight and with so many cars running, I couldn't seem to get a clean hot lap. The second red flag was just on my best lap, but it didn't count as they threw the red just as I was 100 yards from the scoring beacon!"

The race was a good start for everyone, with Wirth moving easily into 7th . The track left little room for overtaking. "I was pushing to catch the 6th car and touched the wall, doing some damage to the right suspension. My crew was actually ready for me to come in, but points are also important, so I stayed out. I was in P5 at that point."

In a surprisingly clean race, the only full course yellow came with less than 5 laps to go. "I was hoping to catch back to the 4th place car but with the backmarkers in play, it wasn't possible. It was difficult for the marshals to know who was racing each other, who was a backmarker and who was racing for position. I pulled away from my teammate but didn't have time to make any impact against 4th."

In closing, Andreas said "That hit damaged and changed the car, but I accommodated for the damage and though I'm not happy with 5th it keeps me close in the standings. I know the Denver track well and hope it will be a better weekend.

Andreas Wirth has driven this season for Brooks Associates Racing (www.brooksassociatesracing.com), owned by veteran John Brooks.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Andreas Wirth