Polestar Team Survives Rumble in San Jose Streets Barron and Sciuto finish 14th and 15th Sciuto sets third-fastest lap of the race San Jose, California (July 30, 2006) -- In what can be characterized as the most action-packed race of the 2006 ...
Polestar Team Survives Rumble in San Jose Streets Barron and Sciuto finish 14th and 15th Sciuto sets third-fastest lap of the race
San Jose, California (July 30, 2006) -- In what can be characterized as the most action-packed race of the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic season thus far, Polestar Racing Group teammates Alex Barron (#21 The RoomStore of Phoenix) and Alan Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing/The RoomStore of Phoenix/W.S. Deans) survived virtual mayhem and chaos to come home 14th and 15th, respectively, in today's Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Presented by Taylor Woodrow Atlantic race. The race was slowed by five caution periods for 15 laps of the 50-minute, 45-lap feature.
While not a dull day for either Polestar driver, Sciuto's race was nearly over on the second lap when the #3 Forsythe entry of James Hinchcliffe launched over the top of Sciuto's machine - taking his rear wing and both mirrors off in the process. The Polestar crew repaired the damage, and Sciuto charged back through the 25-car field to set the third-fastest lap of the race. Barron survived a similar punting in the same hairpin corner on lap 24 as he was hit from behind and spun around, then had another competitor run over his front wing. Barron also pitted for repairs and resumed the race just two laps down.
"We were just running a smart race and staying out of trouble," said Barron. "I got into the hairpin and two cars behind me totally missed their brake zones and pounded right into the back of me. It threw me into the tires and we had to come in and change the front wing. We were running in the top ten and the team has been working so hard this year, it would have been nice to have a better finish."
"We had a great race car, it's just a shame somebody had to basically take us out at the beginning of the race," said Sciuto, who started sixth today. "Polestar gave me such a great car all weekend and we felt like we could have been on the podium for sure. But, we'll re-group. Our next race is at Denver, where I won the pole last year, and we have a good street-course set-up. After today, we definitely have some unfinished business to take care of."
Today's ninth round of the 12-race 2006 Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will be televised via SPEED on Saturday, August 5 at 11:00 AM ET. The series continues with the Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver around the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, on August 11-13.