Finishing Order Belies How Great Harrington's Car Was Running Sunday LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Jan. 24 - Scott Harrington had a great race car under him and he was able to stay with the leaders of Sunday's TransWorld Diversified Services Indy 200...
Finishing Order Belies How Great Harrington's Car Was Running Sunday
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Jan. 24 - Scott Harrington had a great race car under him and he was able to stay with the leaders of Sunday's TransWorld Diversified Services Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway, but unfortunately his engine failed on lap 51, relegating him to a 25th place finish in the unofficial rundown.
"The car was fantastic," Harrington said. "It developed a little bit of understeer but we played with the swaybars and then it was great again. I had gained on a couple of guys for position, and although I wasn't racing with the leaders, when they went by me I could stay right with [Buddy] Lazier and [Greg] Ray and those guys. The car was the best it had been all weekend, and we were just getting ready for our first pit stop. And I don't want to say anything negative about our Infiniti engine either; I had plenty of power until the trouble developed."
The engine blew with no warning on the frontstretch on lap 51. Harrington coasted along the warm-up lane without power and finally rolled to a stop on the backstretch before he was towed back into the pits. At first it was feared that a small fire had erupted, but actually there was no fire, just smoke coming from the spewed hot oil.
Just making this race was a great accomplishment for the Harrington Motorsports team, which was only established 25 days ago. Harrington started 28th in the field and moved up into 26th right away before several yellows slowed the pace. He was as high as 21st before retiring.
"We gained a lot of ground and learned a lot this weekend; this kind of trouble could have happened to anybody," Harrington noted. "Now we'll just regroup and get ready for Phoenix in March. I want to thank Invincible Sportswear, Abel Construction Co. and Vector Technologies, and I want to encourage any other company that wants to get involved in Indy car racing to give us a call at our new shop in Indianapolis.
"I'm encouraged because we had a great race car today," he added. "We accomplished a lot in a short amount of time just to be in this race. We have great people working with us, and if we can get all this accomplished in just 25 days, we can do even more before Phoenix."
There are 63 days before the next Pep Boys Indy Racing League event, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 28 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway.