Brooks' drivers optimistically head into Mexico The FastTrac 100 was a disappointment for both Brooks' drivers at Houston, but the team will look to put a bit of bad luck behind them for a strong race at Monterrey this weekend. Like several...
Brooks' drivers optimistically head into Mexico
The FastTrac 100 was a disappointment for both Brooks' drivers at Houston, but the team will look to put a bit of bad luck behind them for a strong race at Monterrey this weekend. Like several other teams, both Luis Schiavo and Norbert Siedler found themselves out early.
Luis Schiavo had qualified 21st but was moving up well during the very early part of the race. He had a great start, but an brush with the wall brought him in for an unscheduled pit stop. The crew went to work to quickly change Luis' nose, and he re-entered the race two laps down. Unseen mechanical damage caused steering issues and Luis was forced to park his Energy Freight Systems #8.
Norbert Siedler also met with misfortune, in a most unexpected scenario. Due to the series of red flags, Norbert was unable to carry his quick time in Friday's practice into that afternoon's qualifying. He showed his skill during the race, quickly moving up to 8th spot from his qualifying position of 13. Poised to continue that climb, he prepared for the green following a yellow, only to find another driver launching over him just before the green flag dropped. The crash resulted in substantial damage to the rear of the car and Norbert was forced to bring his Palfinger car into pit lane.
"I know a lot of drivers retired early from this race and we can only look forward at this point. I was extremely frustrated by the 'how' in Norbert's case -- to be hit under yellow -- but the car's back in one piece, we're on our way to Mexico and we'll put all this behind us for a strong showing there." Said John Brooks, team owner.