TORONTO (July 13, 2013) - Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing's day ended before it started due to an engine sensor malfunction that was out of the team's control.
Sophomore driver Josef Newgarden first noticed the issue as the 24-car field filed in line for the IZOD IndyCar Series' first attempt at a standing start.
The safety team restarted the No. 67 SFHR Dallara/Honda/Firestone car after Newgarden radioed that he was stuck, but the car failed again in Turn 5, leaving the 22-year-old behind for the drop of the green flag.
"We haven't had the smoothest weekend so far but we have another day and another race that we need to put full focus on," Newgarden said.
"What happened was out of our control and it made things difficult on us, but we just kept digging," Newgarden said. "Nobody ever gives up on this team. We ended up getting one spot back, which is not a lot, but we kept fighting and we took what we could today."
SFHR will move forward and look to bounce back in tomorrow's second race of the Honda Indy Toronto.
"The good news after this is that we have a fast race car, we just weren't able to show that today," Newgarden said. "I think we are plenty capable of coming home at the end of the day tomorrow with great points and finishing on a high note, so that's what we are all focused on doing."
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