Tough Weekend for Dale Coyne Racing in Portland Portland, OR -- For the first time in the 24-year history of Champ Car racing at Portland International Raceway, there wasn't a single caution flag thrown as it was green flag racing on the ...
Tough Weekend for Dale Coyne Racing in Portland
Portland, OR -- For the first time in the 24-year history of Champ Car racing at Portland International Raceway, there wasn't a single caution flag thrown as it was green flag racing on the 1.964-mile road course for the entire race.
Bruno Junqueira saw his string of three top 10 finishes to start the 2007 Champ Car season ended on Sunday during The Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor. Starting the race in the 14th position, Junqueira had his (#19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DPO1/Bridgestone) on the move to the top 10 until late in the race when the car experienced some technical problems, which lead to his 13th place finish on Sunday afternoon.
"We don't exactly know what happened. But for some reason my car went from good to pretty bad after my last pit stop," said Junqueira. "I lost my telemetry and I couldn't communicate on the radio with the pit, which was very frustrating. It was like driving blind out there today. I was disappointed with our finish, but I will be ready for our next race in Cleveland."
Katherine Legge had her (#11 Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) dialed in for most of the race until her car ran out of fuel on the last lap of the race, which lead to her 17th place finish.
"These things sometimes happen when you try to be aggressive," said Legge. "The sad thing about it was I had a pretty good car today that at times was running times slightly faster than the leaders. All you can do is shake this off and move on. I'm already looking forward to Cleveland."
After gear box problems plagued both cars on Friday during practice and qualifying both Junqueira and Legge turned things around as they were third and fifth in the very rainy morning practice on Saturday. Sunday morning warm-up saw both drivers do well with Legge posting the sixth fastest time.
"It was a learning experience this weekend for us," said team owner Dale Coyne. "One of the positive things that I saw out there today was that both teams didn't an excellent job on every pit stop. I'm very proud of the teams and drivers performances today. We'll re-group and be ready for Cleveland in two weeks."
The Champ Car World series now begins a stretch of six races in the next nine weeks with the next race scheduled for Sunday, June 24 in Cleveland, OH which can be seen live on CBS-TV. Fans can also follow all of the action via the official website of the Champ Car World Series, www.champcar.ws.