St. Pete: Genoa Lights event notes

Genoa Scores First Top Ten of 2009 After running 1st and 2nd early in the event, Genoa left St. Petersburg 14th in the points. With eight of the top protagonists separated by only a few points in positions 7 through 14 in the championship, ...

Genoa Scores First Top Ten of 2009

After running 1st and 2nd early in the event, Genoa left St. Petersburg 14th in the points. With eight of the top protagonists separated by only a few points in positions 7 through 14 in the championship, rounds 1 and 2 of the 2009 Firestone® Indy Lights season resulted in a lot of drama for nearly the entire field.

In race one, Richard Philippe (in Genoa's #36 car) had to start 27th. Putting on a stellar show, he charged through the field to 14th, before a last lap mistake cost him five positions. Duncan Tappy, driving Genoa's #63 car, started 9th and moved up 3 positions to 6th, before retiring on lap 14 ... covered in someone else's motor oil.

In race two, Tappy's day ended on the first lap, as the television replay appeared to show another car punting Tappy into the tire wall. Philippe started 6th and had a spirited battle with the leaders for most of the race. Sometime after mid-race, Philippe got tangled with a slower car and lost 7 positions to 13th. Philippe was able to eventually make back 3 of those positions to finish 10th.

Mark Olson states:

"All in all, it was a bit of a rough weekend ... but that's racing. Richard's qualifying incident put us on our back foot for the races, but everyone pulled together to make the best of it. The Firestone Indy Lights field is the best field in motorsports right now, and it's exciting to be part of it. We're leaving St. Pete (great crowd and great event, by the way) at a bit of a deficit, but it's a long season, and everyone will have a struggle somewhere along the way."

-credit: genoalights.com.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Richard Philippe , Mark Olson , Duncan Tappy