Klein Scores Top-Five Finish in Opener of Indy Pro Series Doubleheader, Earns Front-Row Start for Race 2; Teammate Camara Struggles at St. Pete ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 1, 2006) Jonathan Klein brought home a workmanlike fifth-place finish...
Klein Scores Top-Five Finish in Opener of Indy Pro Series Doubleheader, Earns Front-Row Start for Race 2; Teammate Camara Struggles at St. Pete
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 1, 2006) Jonathan Klein brought home a workmanlike fifth-place finish in his #27 Klein Tools/Turn-Key Forging and Design Dallara during today's opening race of a unique IRL Indy Pro Series weekend doubleheader that's part of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend.
Meanwhile, teammate Jaime Camara struggled with brake problems as the 40-lap race around the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit wore on and was forced to the sidelines after spinning off course with less than 10 laps to go. Camara qualified sixth for today's event and finished 12th.
With the fifth-place finish Klein, who started fifth today, earned a front-row starting spot for Sunday's second race, set to begin at 11 a.m. EDT. The format for this weekend's unique doubleheader has the grid for Sunday's race set according to the finishing positions in today's race, with today's top-six finishers inverted.
ESPN2 will combine this weekend's twin events into a single broadcast set to air next Friday (April 7) at 4 p.m. EDT.
Jonathan Klein, #27 Klein Tools/Turn-Key Forging and Design Dallara (5th):
"I was running fairly well at the start. Alex Lloyd and I were running together for the first 10 or 15 laps, but then he started having problems and eventually dropped out. From there, with him out of the way, I just concentrated on hitting my marks and keeping the car on the track. After the first yellow, I had a problem with the engine bogging down on the restart and it seemed to take about three laps to get cleared out. I think that's the case with a lot of other guys. I think I had a fourth-place car, but I wouldn't have had anything for first through third. Those guys were really hooked up. At any rate, we got top-five points out of the race today, and I'm looking forward to starting on the front row tomorrow."
Jaime Camara, #11 CELG/Goias Dallara (12th):
"We had a tough time during qualifying this morning, but the car felt better for the race. It was good until the first yellow, but the engine did not do well on the restart. Then, I developed a brake problem and nothing I did would fix it. I was losing too much to the other cars under braking. I had a moment in (Turn) 4 before I finally spun in (Turn) 8. It's been a little rough this weekend. But I think I know what we need to do to make the car better for tomorrow."