CHAMPCAR/CART: Lausitz: American Spirit race report

Vasser, Hunter-Reay earn championship point's at the German 500 American Spirit drivers finish in the points despite technical difficulties The American Spirit team and drivers fought a hard race today and brought the cars home a very...

Vasser, Hunter-Reay earn championship point's at the German 500
American Spirit drivers finish in the points despite technical difficulties

The American Spirit team and drivers fought a hard race today and brought the cars home a very respectable eighth (Vasser) and 11th (Hunter-Reay).

Lack of straight-line speed caused by too much drag was the biggest issue of the weekend. Neither Vasser nor Hunter-Reay were able to stay with the draft, forcing them to race around the two mile oval independently rather than drafting off of the other cars. Vasser started the race in the 11th position and he led the race on two occasions due to an off-sequence pit strategy. In usual Vasser style, he fought hard all day and finished eighth, earning five championship points, moving him up to the ninth place in the championship point's standings.

Hunter-Reay started 15th, he made five flawless pit stops and charged to 11th, where he finished and earned two championship points. The American rookie not only earned championship points in his Champ Car oval debut, but he also moved up two positions in the points, he is now ranked 14th. The team will return to Indianapolis tomorrow to prepare for the Milwaukee Mile 250, the series' first of two night races, which takes place Saturday, May 31st.

JIMMY VASSER , #12 American Spirit/Ford-Reynard/Cosworth

"We're out of here with our cars intact, we've got some points. I fell back at the start with a bad valve and fell back a bunch. We fought back up there, thought we had something going with our pit strategy and then our fifth stop was a bad one, we had a problem with the air jack and then I stalled it. We shouldn't be eighth, we are better than that, we have some work to do."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY , #31 American Spirit/Ford-Reynard/Cosworth

"I can chalk this one up to experience, I learned a lot this weekend and as a team we learned a lot. Eighth and 11th is excellent for American Spirit considering the car we have had all weekend and still do have. The team did an excellent job in the pits all day long. It was a great event for the fans today, awesome facility, and good for us to be able to leave with a few points, not where we want to be, but at least we're leaving with something."

STEFAN JOHANSSON , Team Owner

"I think under the circumstances its good to get out of here with some valuable points, and the cars are in one piece. The set-up we had was a struggle all weekend, but the guys made the best of them. Jimmy drove a fantastic race; he is just a racer to the bone. Ryan did a great job as well, I am really proud of him it was his first oval and he always gives it 100%. I am just sorry we could not give them both better cars, but this will be a valuable experience for them down the road when we return to another oval with a good car."

-www.AmericanSpiritTeamJohansson.com

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