Iowa: de Ferran Dragon Racing qualifying report

RAPHAEL MATOS HAS BUMPY START IN QUALIFYING FOR THE IZOD INDYCAR IOWA CORN 250 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY Raphael Matos got off to a bumpy start, literally, during qualifying in the IZOD IndyCar Iowa Corn 250 at Iowa Speedway. Matos was slowed by the...

RAPHAEL MATOS HAS BUMPY START IN QUALIFYING FOR THE IZOD INDYCAR IOWA CORN 250 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

Raphael Matos got off to a bumpy start, literally, during qualifying in the IZOD IndyCar Iowa Corn 250 at Iowa Speedway.

Matos was slowed by the bump in turn one on his opening lap in qualifying and wasn't able to recover, posting a four-lap average of 177.842 in the de Ferran Dragon HP car. He will start 21st.

"This has been a tough weekend," Matos said. "With cold tires, I had to lift on my first lap over the bump in Turn 1, which hurt my effort. The other laps were consistent, but I lost a lot of time on the first lap."

Matos and the de Ferran Dragon team were searching for speed throughout the afternoon. They finished 17th in the first practice session with a fast lap of 176.647 and finished P18 with a best time of 178.814 in the afternoon practice.

"Last year, we unfortunately didn't finish the race, and we haven't tested here, so we didn't come here with a lot of data. Now we're just going to focus on the race tomorrow - good laps, clean pit stops - and we're going to fight hard for a good finish."

-source: de ferran dragon racing

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