CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: American Spirit Team Johansson race report

Hunter-Reay, Vasser Rebound from Early Race Melee The third lap of today's race at the Toronto Molson Indy looked like the beginning of the end for the American Spirit drivers and both Vasser and Hunter-Reay rebounded from the parking lot at...

Hunter-Reay, Vasser Rebound from Early Race Melee

The third lap of today's race at the Toronto Molson Indy looked like the beginning of the end for the American Spirit drivers and both Vasser and Hunter-Reay rebounded from the parking lot at turn three to finish the Molson Indy. Vasser's car suffered the worst damage; he and Fernandez were attached at the front wheel. Hunter-Reay was a victim with no where to go, his car was not damaged, but he sat helpless as he waited for the safety crew to get him started and the field passed him by, putting him one lap down. Once the safety team set Vasser free, he immediately returned to the pits for a new front wing. Hunter-Reay remained on track, in efforts to catch back up to the leaders before the race re-started. Hunter-Reay made the re-start from 18th position, Vasser was 19th. Both cars charged through the field, Vasser set the second fastest lap of the race and Hunter-Reay added to his championship points tally with his 11th place finish.

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

Vasser on the Race:

"The race started off bad for me, I got hit right off the bat and it ruined my race. I had a good car, it was very quick, and by far the best car we've had yet. I was trying to chase down Fernandez for ninth and a lapped car, Dominguez was holding me up terribly, he was impeding me so much it was unbelievable, finally I thought he was going to let me by, so I went for it and I hit him, I guess he wasn't moving over."

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

Hunter-Reay on the Race:

"It was just one of those days. The real positive is that we hung in there and collected some points even though we were down two laps due to the safety team getting to me last. The start was a nightmare; it was a parking lot, stacked up with no place to go. I thought I would clear the mess, so I didn't go to the clutch and then Monteiro stopped early right in front of me and that was it."

Stefan Johansson, Team Owner:

"Jimmy drove a milestone of a race today. Unfortunately both cars got tangled up in that incident at the start, obviously that splintered our day. Yet again CART is incapable of calling a fair race, they need to mandate the lapped cars. Dominguez would not move out of the way, it was ridiculous, Jimmy had a fifth place car at least today and it was wasted. Ryan hung in there, it was not an easy race for him either, and he did a good job of bringing his car home in the points."

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