The Rubicon Race Team worked through the night to repair the ...
The Rubicon Race Team worked through the night to repair the #44 Rubicon LifeLock car that was heavily damaged after contact yesterday. At 12:30 p.m. today they rolled the car through technical inspection and were cleared to practice. The team spent most of the afternoon working to get the car up to speed with the intention of making an attempt to bump their way into the field of 33 qualified drivers. At approximately 5:00 p.m. the team was preparing for a simulated qualifying run when they had parts failure. The team worked feverishly to get it repaired. After emergency repairs on pit lane, the crew put on tires and rolled the #44 car into the line for qualifying and when Max pulled out, he had the same problem as earlier. So the team again, rolled the car back, made hasty repairs and rolled the #44 back into line. While waiting to roll out on the track the current qualifier, Mario Dominguez, made contact with the wall ending the days' session and dashing any hopes of a qualifying attempt for the Rubicon LifeLock entry.
Max Papis, Driver
"We got the car up to speed as much as we could and the LifeLock car was getting better. We never tried too hard on the wing and the last try was going to be the one to count but unfortunately when we got ready to go I caught first gear and dropped the clutch and I'm not sure what happened. They are saying it was an input shaft or something like that. It was hugely disappointing. I didn't think I would ever be saying that I didn't make the show at the Indianapolis 500 but my wife reminded me that her dad (Emerson Fittapaldi) didn't make the show the last time so I guess that is a consolation."
Jim Freudenberg, Owner
"I don't even know what to say, but we never gave up. This Sam Schmidt Motorsports crew and the Forsythe crew did a phenomenal job of getting the car back together. They worked all night and just gave a 100% effort and unfortunately, we were a victim of circumstances beyond our control. It's disappointing for us with all of the support we've had from our sponsors but we will continue to move ahead and make a plan for the coming week."