Treadway Racing Forced to Settle at the Radisson 400 Colorado Springs, CO: After a tough weekend of struggling with set-ups and engine reliability, Treadway Racing hung up their hats early during the Radisson 200 at Pike's Peak International...
Treadway Racing Forced to Settle at the Radisson 400
Colorado Springs, CO: After a tough weekend of struggling with set-ups and engine reliability, Treadway Racing hung up their hats early during the Radisson 200 at Pike's Peak International Raceway today and ended where they had begun-in 22nd position!
The team, with Dutch native Arie Luyendyk at the helm, spent the majority of the weekend diagnosing a myriad of gremlins which drastically affected their overall on-track performance. After suffering a power-weakened qualifying run which placed them at the back of the grid-the team concentrated on raceday strategy in the hopes that they could make a difference through pit stops and yellow flag tactics.
The strategy was well under way and working beautifully as Luyendyk was able to work the #5 Sprint PCS/RadioShack/Qualcomm entry up to 14th position, before tragedy struck, and the engine let go on lap 73.
Despite the rough finish, the race was a landmark for Luyendyk as the prize money he collected for this event tipped his IRL career earnings over the $3 million mark. This settles him firmly into the IRL record books as the highest money earner in the series history.
The next event on the IRL schedule is the Atlanta 500 Classic at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29 at 9:00 p.m. (EDT).
Quote from Arie Luyendyk: "I think our misery began with our qualifying effort-as our engine wasn't performing quite up to standard. Because of this, we decided that our race strategy would be to pit early under yellow, so as the other cars pitted later under green, we would be able to make a charge to the front. The strategy seemed to work well, and we moved up when everyone else came in to pit. I looked down and realized that I still had a lot of fuel left and things were looking up. Our second set of tires seemed to feel better and then the car just tightened up and we were done. The strategy was excellent-we just suffered an engine reliability problem."