St. Pete: HVM Racing race report

With ominous skies above, the HVM Racing Indy Lights team arrived on track prepared to compete in the opening round of the Firestone Indy Lights Series . After qualifying in the 11th position yesterday, Dutch racer Junior Strous climbed into his...

With ominous skies above, the HVM Racing Indy Lights team arrived on track prepared to compete in the opening round of the Firestone Indy Lights Series . After qualifying in the 11th position yesterday, Dutch racer Junior Strous climbed into his # 6 Shell/Car Channel entry, prepared to earn valuable points in his quest for the Firestone Indy Lights championship.

As the green flag dropped, Strous began his progress forward. In the first turn on lap # 1 contact between pole winner James Hinchcliffe and Phillip Major shuffled the positioning and Strous put himself in the 7th spot, and soon thereafter his smart driving allowed him to advance to 4th after an incident on lap #5. The skies opened with pouring rain and Strous, as well as the rest of the field, came into the pits for rain tires. After the restart, Strous began fighting alongside Jan Heylen for third place. He successfully made his move for the position on lap #13 and then quickly proceeded to take over 2nd place. Now, in the second spot, Strous was looking to erase the 9 second lead between him and first place. He continued his charge to the front however, a misstep in turn # 1 caused him to spin the car around. His fortunes worsened when the car did not start back up. The incident put Strous back one full lap and relegated him back to the 11th spot. Undeterred, Strous came back on track and managed to salvage a top-10 finish by ending the race in 10th place.

What was supposed to be a busy Sunday event for the Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing team this Sunday at the Honda Grand Prix at St. Petersburg ended up as a solo for the Lights side. The weather for the day called for thunderstorms, but the hope was that the skies would open up after the Indy Car race was completed. As fate would have it Mother Nature would have other plans and the day would end with only one race completed, while the other was postponed. Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing and its driver Simona De Silvestro will compete in the the Indy Car race tomorrow at 10:00 am EST.

Junior Strous - HVM Racing Driver - "St. Pete was slippery and wet, however we made it to the 2nd spot but we had the unfortunate spin that put us down a lap. The team did a great job. We will go back and evaluate how things went and we will be prepared for our next race."

Keith Wiggins, HVM Racing Team Principal - " Well a very turbulent day! After a late start to our Lights program we had a great run going with Junior. It looked like we would end our first race with at least a top-two finish but we had an unfortunate end, however it showed the capability and potential we have going forward."

-source: hvm racing

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers David Martinez , Jan Heylen , Junior Strous , James Hinchcliffe , Phillip Major
Teams HVM Racing