ENGINE PROBLEM FOR JUNIOR STROUS AND TYRE WALL VISIT FOR DOMINICK MUERMANS The city center airport in Edmonton, Canada, is for the 10th time the venue for the Atlantic Championship. Combined with the IndyCars, the Atlantic Championship came to...
ENGINE PROBLEM FOR JUNIOR STROUS AND TYRE WALL VISIT FOR DOMINICK MUERMANS
The city center airport in Edmonton, Canada, is for the 10th time the venue for the Atlantic Championship. Combined with the IndyCars, the Atlantic Championship came to the Canadian province of Alberta. Today's IndyCar drivers Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon, Buddy Rice and Graham Rahal, all once competed in the Atlantic Championship.
It was a hot sunny day and the track had lack of grip because it is not a normal race track. During qualifying more grip was built up on the track. The track is very bumpy due to severe winters here in Edmonton
Points leader in the Atlantic championship, Junior Strous, qualified a dissapointing 9th under difficult qualifying conditions.
Junior had a realy good start and passed three cars before the first corner. However in lap 2 the engine developed a strange noise and seemed to lose power. His mechanics noticed it and contacted the Mazda Cosworth assistance. The engine sounded as being in the rev limiter but the problem occured only now and then. The problem got worse and as the race progressed Junior, who was fighting the problem, lost 4 places and finished 13th. Later it appeared to be an electrical problem.
Junior Strous is now third in the championship and will start from 6th place in the second race, tomorrow Saturday July 26, local time 12.45 pm. The IndyCars will start at 3pm.
Dominick Muermans, Junior's teammate, who qualified 16th on his first visit to this track, missed the first gear at the start and dropped back to last place. But he pushed his way back to the front and overtook Leo Mansell (son of Nigel Mansell) and it seemed that he would recover some of his lost places.
In lap 5 Dominick exited in turn 9 and spun the car. His nose just dived in the grass and damaged the suspension. The result was lots of under- and over-steer and the car became nearly undrivable. He still was able to overtake one car but the tyres lost grip. 5 minutes before the end in lap 31, the brakes locked up and Dominick crashed in turn 7 in the tyrewall. Luckily he escaped with no injuries and the car had minor damage which is good news for the second race.
"They turned the lights off realy late so that must have surprised some of the drivers, but I had a very good start and overtook 3 cars before the first turn. In lap 2 I noticed a realy strange sound and the engine lost power. It felt like it was running on 3 cylinders but only now and then. My mechanics think it was an electrical problem. I finished 13th, and I am now 3rd in the championship".
"It just was not my day. First I was not in first gear at the start when I thought I was, then a bit later I spun the car and damaged the suspension so the car was nearly undrivable, then the brakes locked up and I went straight into the tyrewall. I realy tried to push, but it just wasn't working. Luckily we have another race here tomorrow".