HUNTER-REAY OK AFTER EARLY INCIDENT; GLOCK FINISHED TOP TEN IN FIRST OVAL RACE WEST ALLIS, Wisc. (June 4, 2005) -- Round Three of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford took the green flag this afternoon as the ...
HUNTER-REAY OK AFTER EARLY INCIDENT; GLOCK FINISHED TOP TEN IN FIRST OVAL RACE
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. (June 4, 2005) -- Round Three of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford took the green flag this afternoon as the Rocketsports Racing team had a bitter, sweet day on the one-mile oval in West Allis, Wisconsin.
Ryan Hunter-Reay is doing ok after taking a hard hit on Lap Five of the race this afternoon. The back end of the #31 Briggs & Stratton/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone went loose as the defending race winner was seen making contact with the wall in Turn Two. He was taken to the Champ Car medical center on-site, where he was awake and alert with some pain in his mid-neck. He was then transferred to the Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee to undergo preliminary x-rays.
Those x-rays returned negative as the young driver has sustained several bruises from the heavy hit. He has recently been released from the hospital.
The team is unsure of what went wrong for Hunter-Reay so early in the race, as he posted the third fastest time during this morning's warm up session. The team will undergo further investigation to determine the cause of the incident.
Rookie Timo Glock took the green flag this afternoon for the first race in his career on an oval track. Having a difficult weekend getting the right feeling of the car and the track, the German was able to bring home his second Champ Car top-ten finish in only his third race in the series, coming home ninth in his #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone machine.
Glock's tenth place finish earned him 13 championship points as he remains ninth in the standings with 43 markers. He is the only rookie, after three races, to be in the top ten in the Champ Car standings.
Timo Glock (#8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Today was not bad. After the problems that we were having yesterday, we just could not seem to find the right car setup. Today, my engineer David Watson had a new plan and made the necessary changes on the DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports car. I had a completely different car for the race, so it took a few laps for me to get used to early on in the race. I lost some time at the beginning and I was dealing with a lot of traffic, but then I was running some pretty fast laps later on. It was a difficult race for me as I have a lot to learn about driving on ovals. I did have fun, but I look forward to getting to our next road course!"