Hunter-Reay re-bounds from clutch problem, earns first championship point. In front of 92,713 enthusiastic fans, Hunter-Reay made his second Champ Car start today. He started from the ninth position on the grid after setting the fastest ...
Hunter-Reay re-bounds from clutch problem, earns first championship point.
In front of 92,713 enthusiastic fans, Hunter-Reay made his second Champ Car start today. He started from the ninth position on the grid after setting the fastest qualifying time of the six Reynard entries. In efforts to avoid contact with fellow rookie Mario Haberfeld, Hunter-Reay lost one position at the first turn on the first lap. He ran strong in tenth position setting lap times consistent with the leaders throughout the first stint, but lost track position after his first pit-stop. Hunter-Reay worked his way back up to tenth position, but had a terrible second stop when he suffered clutch problems, he returned to the track one lap down, in 15th position. Hunter-Reay drove a consistent, quick and demanding race, his third stop was perfect and he brought the car home in 12th position, earning one championship point.
Ryan Hunter-Reay on the Race:
"It was a good and a bad day for me. The first stint of the race was pretty decent; we ran tenth and had a good rhythm going. As the stint progressed my car went from drastic understeer to drastic oversteer. Our second stop was really long, I am not sure what happened with the clutch, it just sort of froze, it sort of felt like a loose brake pedal. We lost a lap there and from that point, I did everything I could to get myself in the points. The good side of the day was the fact that I have now run a complete race and after all of the crazy things that happened I still managed to walk out of here with a point. I learned a lot this weekend, we were up and down. Yesterday was a decent day for us, being the fastest Reynard, but we know we still have a lot of work to do with the car, it was a dog on old tires, that is something we need to work before Long Beach for sure."
Stefan Johansson, Team Owner:
"Ryan did a great job; he drove a strong race for us today. It's a shame with the clutch problem on the second stop; we're still not sure what the problem was there. He's got a full race under his belt now and a championship point, so we'll build on that in Long Beach."