ROCKETSPORTS FINISH SIX AND SEVEN DESPITE A STRUGGLING WEEKEND TORONTO, Canada (July 10, 2005) -- Despite a very rough weekend for the Rocketsports Racing team, as they struggled to find the right set up on the ...
ROCKETSPORTS FINISH SIX AND SEVEN DESPITE A STRUGGLING WEEKEND
TORONTO, Canada (July 10, 2005) -- Despite a very rough weekend for the Rocketsports Racing team, as they struggled to find the right set up on the #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone and the #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone Champ Cars, they were able to get both cars in the top ten when it counted at the drop of the checkered flag in this afternoon's Molson Indy Toronto.
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Timo Glock took the green flag in this afternoon's race starting 17th and 14th, respectively. On the first lap of the race, both gold and red Rocketsports machines overtook two cars a piece, moving them up immediately in the race lineup, sitting 15th and 12th in front of a race day crowd of 71,433 Canadian open-wheel race fans.
Two important keys to any good result are to drive a clean race and have good pit stops. Hunter-Reay managed to succeed and pull through with a sixth place effort. In addition to his second top-ten finish of the season, he was awarded one championship point for gaining the most positions in this afternoon's race in Toronto. The American moves up in the championship standings to the 14th spot with 58 points.
Track temperatures were causing many drivers to experience difficulties with their tire pressures, as Glock held on tight to deal with the obstacle. He came into the pits early to get a new set of tires that had lower pressures to help him get through the race. Gradually the car came to him this afternoon, before he was involved in an incident during lap 66. Damage was done to the DHL Global Mail car, but it was not enough to end his day. The German salvaged a seventh-place finish this afternoon, recording the highest finish for a rookie in today's event. This is the fifth top-ten finish for Glock in his first six events competing in the Champ Car World Series. Reclaiming the lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings, Glock leads Andrew Ranger by three points and moves back into the top-ten in the championship standings with 82 points.
Rocketsports Racing heads back tonight to Lansing, Michigan to quickly pack up again and return to Canada in four days for Round Seven of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford at a new venue in Edmonton, Canada.
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I am relieved to come out of this weekend with a sixth place finish, despite the "lack of pace" that we faced this weekend. We had a good race, I drove a clean one and we had successful pit stops. I was able to make some passes out there this afternoon, so that was a positive. The team really worked hard this weekend, so it is good to finish in the top-ten. The main thing is that we were able to bring the car home in one piece. Now, off to Edmonton."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"It was a tough weekend for the Rocketsports team. We struggled to find the right set up all weekend. The first stint in the race killed us. Tire pressures were really high causing me to run about two seconds slower than the rest of the field. We had to pit early then had to come in for new tires to change the pressure. That helped a bit, but we made another tire pressure change later on in the race, which helped the car out a lot. Then I was involved in an incident with Nelson (Philippe) and got damage to the left side of the car on the side pod and the rear tow was out. The car got real nervous then at the end of the race with the rear tow broken, so we ended up seventh with luck. I am not real happy with this result, it mainly was luck -- but that was something I needed as well, lately. We have to find a way to get the car better and get back to where we started this season running in the top."