HUNTER-REAY RUNS OUT OF GAS TOO EARLY AS GLOCK MISSES OUT ON BEST FINISH OF THE SEASON FOR ROCKETSPORTS RACING IN EDMONTON EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (July 17, 2005) - The inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton was a day filled with highs and...
HUNTER-REAY RUNS OUT OF GAS TOO EARLY AS GLOCK MISSES OUT ON BEST FINISH OF THE SEASON FOR ROCKETSPORTS RACING IN EDMONTON
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (July 17, 2005) - The inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton was a day filled with highs and lows for all teams in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, as Rocketsports Racing realized at the end of the day that it was a learning experience after a good effort put forth.
At the drop of the green flag, Ryan Hunter-Reay gained two positions in the first lap moving to the 12th spot. After 31 laps, the American radioed to his team saying that the car was getting loose every time he closed in on an upcoming car. With just one lap to go before making his second pit stop of the day, the Floridian slowed on the track as a result to running out of fuel, ending his day on Lap 51 in the 16th spot.
Earning five championship points for his effort this afternoon, Hunter-Reay moves up a spot in the Championship points standings to 13th, as he continues to edge his way into the top ten.
Timo Glock dropped back one position at the start, yielding to a hard charging eventual race winner Sebastien Bourdais. However, he regained his starting tenth position when Cristiano da Matta slowed on the track with problems. On Lap 11, the rookie began to close in on Mario Dominguez for the number eight spot, overtaking the Mexican on Lap 14. Lap 17 saw the German continue to demonstrate his former Formula One skills as he made another pass to obtain P7.
Glock was sitting pretty during the foreclosing laps of the race, as his name sat high on the timing and scoring chart in the forth. Looking to earn his best finish in his young Champ Car career, the rookie made a mistake and brushed the wall, loosing valuable time. He fought hard to keep up his pace and defend his top-five position from Justin Wilson as the race came to an end. The two came close in Turn Seven and Glock was hit from behind by Wilson, knocking him out with only five laps to go.
A tough break for such a promising result, the German finished the day 13th ending his streak of four consecutive top-ten finishes. He earned eight championship points this afternoon despite his luck, moving him up one spot to sit ninth in the Championship standings. Glock maintains the lead in the Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year battle, comfortably sitting eight points ahead of Andrew Ranger.
Rocketsports Racing will head back to East Lansing, Michigan tomorrow and begin preparing for Round Eight in San Jose, California on July 31. The team will have one weekend off, before heading to the west coast for the second of three new events on the 2005 Champ Car World Series schedule.
"It was a tough and long race. The DHL Global Mail car was difficult to drive at first, but we made a tire pressure change when I came in for my first pit stop and the car was running much better. I had a good feeling of the car and the pace of the race from that point forward, and we were having a good run. Then I made a small mistake in Turn 11 when I touched the tires with the wall, which messed up the tow on the car. This became a bit of a problem for me, as I went a bit wide in Turn five. Then (Justin) Wilson's front right tire touched my left rear, bumming me out of the race. I don't know how he could have done all the stupid things he did this weekend, like spinning during a caution in the race and taking me out for the second time. It is such a shame, we were looking to have our best finish of the season this afternoon and there is nothing that we could have done to change our fate."
"We had a great start this afternoon, passing cars during the first lap, which gave us the momentum for a good race. If we would have stayed in the race, we probably would have finished like we did in Toronto, with a sixth or seventh place result easily. It is unfortunate that we ran out of fuel one lap before were had to pit. That is racing though and things like that happen."
Paul Gentilozzi, Rocketsports Team Owner
On Ryan Hunter-Reay running out of fuel:
"Our calculations showed that we had a lap and a half left in fuel. So things appeared to be fine, but we ran out of fuel somehow. I am not sure if there is a complication with the car or what happened, we will have to find out for sure when the car comes back. It is a shame because he had a good car for today's race and was having a good run."
On Timo Glock's Incident:
"It is amazing that Justin Wilson can do the same exact thing to him this afternoon as he did to Timo yesterday during qualifying. It is definitely a disappointing end to such a promising day; Timo drove a good, hard race. He deserved a top finish, and he was so close to obtaining."
- RSR -