Arduous Day North of the Boarder for Dale Coyne Racing
EDMONTON, Alb. - (July 26, 2007) - Bruno Junqueira, who started a season-best seventh, appeared headed for a sixth-place finish with four laps remaining in the Rexall Edmonton Indy race Saturday afternoon.
However, that scenario did not play out because a sensor malfunctioned on Junqueira's No. 18 Z-Line Designs car, locking the car permanently into sixth gear. Since the eight-year open wheel veteran could not shift gears the last four laps of the race, he settled on a 14th place finish instead.
"Wow, what a weekend!" said Junqueira. "I knew we would be really competitive here, but with damaging the car on Thursday, the guys working all night to build me a new car and then the problems at the end of the race all I can say is I wish we could do this weekend all over."
Junqueira was fast all weekend even after his chassis sustained a crack in the tub during practice Thursday afternoon. The Dale Coyne Racing crew stayed until 5:00 a.m. preparing the back-up car.
Mario Moraes's day did not start like he planned it too as the No. 19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q car suffered a broken rear toe-link at the start of the race when Graham Rahal tried to make a questionable pass on Moraes. Rahal's front tire made contact with Moraes's rear tire and shuffling the 19-year-old rookie to the back after starting the race a season-best 10th.
The crew took the car behind the wall to make the necessary repairs and promptly got Moraes back into the race and a 20th place finish.
"It was a bit of a frustrating day because we had a podium-finishing car today," said Moraes. "Graham tried to over take me and made contact with my rear tire and in the process broke my rear toe-link. The Sonny's Bar-B-Q crew did a great job fixing the problem and getting me back into the race."