HVM Racing's Strous Secures Top-10 Finish at Inaugural Barber Race Birmingham, AL (April 11, 2010) - A perfect sunny Spring morning greeted HVM Racing's Junior Strous as he returned to the Barber Motorsports Park in preparation for today's Round...
HVM Racing's Strous Secures Top-10 Finish at Inaugural Barber Race
Birmingham, AL (April 11, 2010) - A perfect sunny Spring morning greeted HVM Racing's Junior Strous as he returned to the Barber Motorsports Park in preparation for today's Round #2 of the Firestone Indy Lights season. After a qualifying effort that landed him in the 8th spot, Strous was looking forward to keeping his No. 6 Shell/Car Channel Dallara among the top finishing spots. Though he may not have had the luxury of testing here, as many of his competitors did, the young Dutchman had high hopes that the experience gained over the last couple of days would be enough to allow him a strong result.
Strous began the race and went down a position and by Lap 13 Strous had dropped down to the 11th spot. He rebounded nicely on lap 14 and took back the 10th position as part of a 3-car fight. Solidly now in 10th, Strous began his run for the 9th spot and took it by passing Niall Quinn. He soon captured the 8th spot on Lap 33 when James Winslow had to duck into the pits to address front wing damage. As the checkered flag dropped, Strous would cross the start/finish line in 8th place. Strous and HVM will pack up and head west to the streets of Long Beach, CA for next weekend's famous Long Beach Grand Prix.
Junior Strous, Driver No. 6 - "The race was interesting. Barber is known for its lack of passing possibilities, which was quite good for us because we did not have the speed and we also tried to maximize the yellow flags and restarts to our advantage. In the beginning we lost some positions but throughout the race we were able to catch up to some guys and retake some of my lost positions. Overall, we are a bit disappointed in how the weekend went because we expected much more, but we believe we have found some improvements on the car in time for Long Beach."
Keith Wiggins, HVM Racing Team Principal - "We're making progress and clearly we need to make some more and work hard to get where we want to be. We've had some solid results and now we move on to a street race and we're looking forward to progressing forward."
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