Gearbox Failures plague American Spirit, Vasser's 200th ends in the pits. JIMMY VASSER, ...
Gearbox Failures plague American Spirit, Vasser's 200th ends in the pits.
JIMMY VASSER, #12 American Spirit/Ford-Reynard/Cosworth
Vasser on the race: "First of all, I want thank everyone at Champ Car for their support and the commemorative Patterson painting, it's been a great 200 starts. We had a decent day going out there, it's a shame, and it was looking like we were going to bring home some points today. Just before the end of the race, I was running around with just a couple of gears, we tried to nurse it home but that didn't happen, it completely failed with five laps to go. It was an up and down weekend on the track, we had a couple of good sessions, I had a pretty good car."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #31 American Spirit/Ford-Reynard/Cosworth
Hunter-Reay on the race: "Today was just not our day. Things were looking good at the beginning. I knew I needed to make some aggressive moves to make up for qualifying. I made a very aggressive move when I passed Moreno. A few laps later (Mario) Haberfeld overshot the turn 8&9 chicane, when he came back onto the track, I had a beautiful run going and he swerved to block me. I kept behind him going into the hairpin and again he illegally blocked me. I made an effort to get passed him and the rear tires locked up and the car spun and stalled. Later, our misfortunes continued when (Tiego) Montiero had another brain fade and completely bull-dosed me into the hairpin. We recovered and to cap it all off, a short-time later, the gearbox failed same deal as Jimmy's. The good news is, we will have it in perfect shape for Denver and I am really looking forward to returning there as I qualified on the front row there last year."