IRL: Al Unser Jr. - good run at Phoenix

Car: Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak Starting Position: 20th Finishing Position: 9th Laps Led: 23 Al Unser Jr.- "The team prepared the car really well and it was spot on all day. Darren Russell, my crew-chief, did an...

Car: Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak
Starting Position: 20th
Finishing Position: 9th
Laps Led: 23

Al Unser Jr.-

"The team prepared the car really well and it was spot on all day. Darren Russell, my crew-chief, did an outstanding job with the crew in car preparation, and Alan Mertens, my engineer, gave me a fast car.

"We stayed out on the 2nd yellow because that would help us get more from the leaders. When the next yellow came out we were able to stay out while everyone else pitted and it helped us gain some spots. I also gained 3 or 4 positions in the pits every time which shows what an awesome crew I have. We pitted on green and the yellow came out as we were leaving the pits. We led 23 or so laps and it was awesome, but I am heartbroken for my team and my sponsors, Tickets.com and Starz Encore Superpak.

"We had to pit because we needed fuel, and it was great strategy on the part of Rick Galles, but we don't ever know when a yellow is going to come out, so it caught us out. I have to say that my Firestone tires are absolutely unmatched to any other tire I have ever driven on, and I was so impressed

"We just have to go from here and get ready for Vegas. We also have Indy coming up so we need to stay focused and try to win some races. My crew showed me they can do it today, so with a bit of luck on our side we might get there soon."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr.