CLEVELAND, Oh. ( June 26, 2005) -- A little black cloud continues to overshadow Rocketsports Racing in the opening races of the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford as the team experienced a continued string of bad...
CLEVELAND, Oh. ( June 26, 2005) -- A little black cloud continues to overshadow Rocketsports Racing in the opening races of the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford as the team experienced a continued string of bad luck this afternoon in the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank.
The infamous Turn One in Cleveland overtook Ryan Hunter-Reay's #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone during the first lap when he was involved in an incident, making contact that would eventually end his day. After maneuvering around cars before heading into the first turn, the American thought he was in a good position but before he knew it, a passed car turned into him, leaving the Champ Car veteran with no where to go and no way to avoid contact. A broken front suspension would end his day before it began, sitting him on the sidelines of a race that he claims to be a favorite on the Champ Car World Series schedule.
The unfortunate incident with the #31 car left only Timo Glock in the race for Rocketsports Racing. Scheduled to pit on Lap 27, Glock found himself out of luck when a yellow flag waved as he was half way around the 2.106-mile temporary street course on Burke Lakefront Airport on Lap 26. The pits closed but he had no other option then to pit because he was too low on fuel. The German found himself up to the second position after the pit stop before joining four other cars that had to serve a drive-through penalty for disobeying the closed pit rule.
Nine laps later, the rookie found himself in the same situation as his Rocketsports teammate did at the start of the race, as he had contact with another car running him far into the grass coming out of Turn Ten. No apparent damage was done and after a pit stop to confirm the young driver got back out there continuing to post fast laps. Then the DHL Global Mail car started to cause problems for Glock as he began experiencing hot brakes in the rear.
A rough day in the office for the first-timer of the Cleveland airport track, however, Glock managed to bring home his fourth top-ten finish in five races.
The Rocketsports team will have two weeks off before heading to Canada for back-to-back racing starting in Toronto, then Edmonton. As those two races approach, the team will be getting close to the half-way marker in the season and hope that the luck they have been lacking in the commencing races will turn as they continue to fight for the championship title.
Timo Glock (#8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We just did not have the luck today or thus far in the season for that matter. We keep running into these problems, with yellows, cars spinning in front of me, etc. We had a good race car today as we were continually running fast laps throughout the afternoon. We changed our pit strategy at the beginning when I went off course after trying to get around (Tarso) Marques, a run through the grass that did not do major damage to the car, but put us off in terms of race strategy. Things were going well, in terms of the new strategy, but then we were just cursed by more bad luck. The DHL Global Mail car was good at the beginning of the race, but I was experiencing braking problems in the rear of the car, as they were getting too hot, towards the end and struggling with the car a bit. It is a shame that we just can't find the luck that we need, it has to happen at some point, but at least we can go home with a top-ten finish and get ready for the next race in a few weeks."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 (Briggs & Stratton/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I had a good pass going into Turn One, getting around two or three cars, but then one of those cars turned in on me, leaving me with no where to go. It is unfortunate, but it's a Cleveland Turn One deal, sometimes its bites, sometimes it helps, there is really nothing you can do about it. The Rocketsports guys did a really good job this weekend giving me a good car for today's race. We found a big improvement this morning during warm-up and we were really optimistic for this afternoon's event. It is a shame that we did not get the chance to run the race, but with the changes we made on the car set up this weekend and this morning, we can use for future tracks and just move on."