Indy ORP: Tim Wilkerson qualifying report

WILK IS 9th-BEST ON FIRST DAY OF "THE BIG GO" Tim Wilkerson didn't make a perfect lap during Friday evening's pro opener in Indy, posting a 4.153 at only 277.15 mph, and his car didn't even make it to the finish line under power, so the "good ...

WILK IS 9th-BEST ON FIRST DAY OF "THE BIG GO"

Tim Wilkerson didn't make a perfect lap during Friday evening's pro opener in Indy, posting a 4.153 at only 277.15 mph, and his car didn't even make it to the finish line under power, so the "good news/bad news" viewpoint in the Levi, Ray & Shoup pit had to do with the positive, a run that was still good enough to land 9th despite its early shutoff, and the negative, trying to figure out why the LRS Shelby wanted to eat itself alive before the 1,000-foot mark.

"It was going along just fine, on a real solid lap actually, and then it started to nose over out there and it shut itself off," Wilkerson said. "Had it lived another hundredth of a second, I probably would've lifted anyway, because I could feel it start to nose over and that's never a good thing at 900 feet. Just as that was registering in my head, and I was about to lift, it quit on me. Beat me to the punch, I guess.

"That's a new front half on that chassis, after the big wheelie in the semifinals at Brainerd, and even though we did go to a match race with it last week, that's still its first trip all the way, or almost all the way, down the track. It went straight and it was smooth, until the mechanical issues took over, so that's a big step in the right direction, I think. We'll come back out on Saturday and try to make it to the end, and if it does that I think we'll be right in the mix here, especially if it goes A-to-B on the night run tomorrow. Looking at the weather forecast, that night run on Saturday has a chance to be a pretty big deal."

-source: twr

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