NICK HAYE MOVES UP 18 POSITIONS TO FINISH 8TH AT VIR After qualifying 7th for Round 3 of the Star Mazda Championship series, Nick Haye was moved to the rear of the pack due to post-qualifying technical noncompliance. He was found to be 2 lbs ...
NICK HAYE MOVES UP 18 POSITIONS TO FINISH 8TH AT VIR
After qualifying 7th for Round 3 of the Star Mazda Championship series, Nick Haye was moved to the rear of the pack due to post-qualifying technical noncompliance. He was found to be 2 lbs underweight after the qualifying session. "I was so bummed and surprised by the technical error -- its never happened to me before. We just had a miscue and we wont ever let that happen again," remarked Haye.
Starting in 26th position Haye said he had to really rethink his strategy and expectations for the race. "I knew I just had to keep my head down and get to work moving up through the pack. I wanted to avoid trouble going into the mid-pack congestion but I had to take some chances to move up enough to keep in the points," said Haye. Haye was quickly in the top-15, but lost valuable catch-up time due to the long full-course yellow after the incident midway through lap two.
After the restart Haye continued to make steady progress through the field and emerged in 8th position -- only to discover a long gap to 7th. He made rapid progress chasing the 7th place car and had shortened the gap significantly by the end of the race. "I was caught earlier behind a pack of 5 cars dicing for position and I'm sure this created the large gap between 7th and 8th position," Haye said.
"Everybody on the JDC team really worked hard to help me finish well in the race -- the car was great," commented Haye. "I'm looking forward to Salt Lake City in a few weeks. I'm definitely not starting from the rear at Miller," stated Haye.