PKV RACING'S TRISTAN GOMMENDY FINISHES SEVENTH AT MAZDA GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND JANI PLACES 12TH PKV Racing driver Tristan Gommendy finished seventh today at the Mazda Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor at ...
PKV RACING'S TRISTAN GOMMENDY FINISHES SEVENTH AT MAZDA GRAND PRIX OF
JANI PLACES 12TH
PKV Racing driver Tristan Gommendy finished seventh today at the Mazda Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon. Teammate Neel Jani placed 12th.
Gommendy, who pilots the #22 Pay By Touch MegaSpirea PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone machine, started a season high fifth, which also established a new team record at Portland. He ran in fifth place for most of the race, which was run in dry conditions following yesterday's downpour, but got stuck behind slower traffic for several laps prior to his third stop. The ensuing loss of track position enabled both Alex Tagliani and Dan Clarke to get out ahead of him following the conclusion of the third round of stops dropping Gommendy to seventh where he finished.
"The biggest thing in the race was I got behind Daiziel, Junqueira and Servia, who were slower and I lost a lot of time before my third pit stop," Gommendy said. "If it were not for that The Pay By Touch MegaSpirea PKV Racing team would have finished fifth," he noted. "The main thing was that in qualifying we improved the car. On Friday, when the track was dry, we were fifth and on Saturday, when it was wet, we had the fastest car. So, we continue to work hard and improve the car. Also, I think I have improved my driving and that is a good thing. We will just have to see what happens at the next race in Cleveland," Gommendy concluded.
Jani, behind the wheel of the #21 Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone car, started 10th, but took advantage of the Champ Car World Series new standing start procedure and jumped two places on the first lap. However, he could not achieve the fuel mileage that the other drivers were getting which forced him to pit anywhere from two to five laps earlier than most of the other competitors. The early stops dropped him to the back of the field and on the challenging 1.964-mile, 12-turn PIR permanent road course, where it is difficult at best to pass, he could not make up the lost places.
Commenting on his day Jani said, "The Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing team I had to pit early on every stint and because of that we fell all the way back in the field and that killed us. We got stuck behind the other guys and you couldn't really overtake on this track. At the end we were down on the pace, but mainly the problem was that I had to pit earlier than everyone else."