DÃ‰JÃ€ VU ALL OVER AGAIN FOR RAPHAEL MATOS AND DE FERRAN DRAGON TEAM AT HONDY INDY EDMONTON EDMONTON, AB (July 25, 2010) - It was essentially dÃ©jÃ vu all over again for Raphael Matos and de Ferran Dragon Racing at the IZOD IndyCar Honda Indy...
DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN FOR RAPHAEL MATOS AND DE FERRAN DRAGON TEAM AT HONDY INDY EDMONTON
EDMONTON, AB (July 25, 2010) - It was essentially déjà vu all over again for Raphael Matos and de Ferran Dragon Racing at the IZOD IndyCar Honda Indy Edmonton.
After a strong qualifying effort and promising start, Matos was clipped from behind in the early going for the second consecutive year and had his hopes for contention dashed just two laps into the race. Despite the setback, the 28-year old Brazilian climbed nine spots after the contact to finish 13th and move up a position in the road course standings.
Matos started 10th, his best starting position of the season, and was holding steady when Paul Tracy came up from behind and clipped the backend of the HP car in turn 2, sending it into the grass infield with a flat left rear tire. Matos dropped to 24th and a lap behind with the early pit stop to repair the damage.
"Today was a disappointing day," managing partner and team president Gil de Ferran said. "We easily had the pace for a top 10 finish and the crew was smooth in the pits, but Paul Tracy took us out on the second lap and we were then a lap off the leaders. Frankly, that incident sealed our fate for the afternoon. We did our best to regain the lap, had we caught a timely yellow, but unfortunately, that wasn't to be."
With just tire damage to repair as opposed to the right rear suspension in 2009, Matos was able to stay in the race and made his way through the field. When the first full course caution came out on lap 47, Matos was up to 19th and climbed four more spots 21 laps later. He made one more push on the last restart of the race, jumping from 15th to 13th during the final three laps.
"Taking into account the incident on the second lap, I'm happy we were able to salvage some points and finish in 13th," Matos said. "It's so frustrating that Paul (Tracy) compromised our race. The guys did a great job in the pits to help recover. Overall, I'm very frustrated, as we had the pace to finish much higher but, again, I think it was a great effort to come back after that setback."
By finishing 13th, Matos collected 17 points to move into ninth in the road course standings with 145 points. He ranks 14th overall, just two points back of 13th.
-source: de ferran dragon racing