Alan Sciuto Racing: Sunday in Rose City June 10, 2007 (Portland, Ore.) -- Alan Sciuto's weekend ended unceremoniously after seven laps of Sunday's Champ Car Atlantic race, when the nineteen-year-old from Orange, Calif. made heavy contact...
Alan Sciuto Racing: Sunday in Rose City
June 10, 2007 (Portland, Ore.) -- Alan Sciuto's weekend ended unceremoniously after seven laps of Sunday's Champ Car Atlantic race, when the nineteen-year-old from Orange, Calif. made heavy contact with the outside retaining wall entering Portland International Raceway's turn ten. It left the normally laid back Sciuto extremely upset at the driving tactics of Polestar Racing's Ronnie Bremmer.
After advancing a couple of positions during the start of Saturday's rain-soaked race, Sciuto ended up on the opposite side of the coin during the start of Sunday's race, when he tip-toed through the Festival Curves staying out of trouble but dropping to tenth place. After an early-race caution for Dan Selznick's crash, Sciuto resumed the chase to make up the spots that he had lost.
On the eighth lap, Sciuto had a massive run down the back straightaway on Bremmer, and duly ducked to the inside to make his pass on the Dane. Bremmer moved his machine to the left to thwart Sciuto's pass, and Sciuto duly moved to the outside and pulled alongside with Bremmer. Bremmer then moved right, putting Sciuto into the wall on the approach to turn ten. The heavy contact ended what had been a promising run for Sciuto.
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"In all the time that I've been racing, I've never seen as dangerous a move as what Bremmer did to me today. He just drove into the side of me at 140mph and put me in the wall. He blocked me once, and when I moved to the outside, he tried to do it again, but I was already there and there was nowhere else to go. After the race, I went to talk to him about it but he wasn't coming out of his trailer.
"It's really disappointing. I was too cautious at the start and lost a few spots, but the car was coming in and we were going to move forward -- I mean, look at the run I had on Bremmer. The guys put together a great car for me today and it's such a shame that it ended the way it did.
"We've had some bad luck, but we'll get it back together and move forward at Cleveland again in two weeks."