Sparta,KY: Felipe Giaffone finished 8th and teammate rookie Rick Treadway 17th in the Belterra Casino INDY 300 from the Kentucky Speedway. Giaffone finished on the lead lap while Treadway was 10 laps down due to mechanical problems, but both cars...
Sparta,KY: Felipe Giaffone finished 8th and teammate rookie Rick Treadway 17th in the Belterra Casino INDY 300 from the Kentucky Speedway. Giaffone finished on the lead lap while Treadway was 10 laps down due to mechanical problems, but both cars were running at the end of the race.
"We just struggled a bit in traffic," said Giaffone. "The Hollywood Treadway-Hubbard team did a good job of working on the car during the race and we were really fast at the end, but I could only run one groove so it was hard for me to pass. We were pretty good on our own, but just not in traffic."
"WOW, That was a wild ride," said Treadway. "I have to thank Meijer, Coca-Cola, Firestone and the entire Treadway-Hubbard team for giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank all my friends, family, and fans who came to the race to support me. That was really great. I learned a lot today since it was my first time in real race traffic with the IRL car. Our goal was to be running at the end and we accomplished that goal. I was running pretty well until I lost radio communications so the team brought me in to fix the radio, which cost us a bunch of laps. But, I'm ready to go again."
This was Treadway's first race in an IRL car, although he has nearly 2000 test miles over the past eight months in the teams' car.
"I'm happy for Ricky and the #5 car, but I'm not satisfied with the performance of the #21 car, said Scott Cronk, General Manager of Treadway-Hubbard Racing. "We're better than 8th and should have been 6th at a minimum. Ricky did a good job for his first race. We accomplished our goals for the weekend in the #5 car now we'll get him ready for Chicago. We lost the radio so we decided to bring him in and fix the radio rather than leave him out without the aid of the spotter and crew. The team asked the officials to black-flag him so we could address the issue. Ricky was running as fast as the leaders for most of the race and that's what we expected."
Giaffone maintains a commanding lead in the Rookie of the Year points standings and retains 4th in the overall points standings. Giaffone will pilot the #21 Hollywood entry for Treadway-Hubbard Racing in the next INDY Racing event, the Gateway INDY 250 from the Gateway International Speedway on August 26th. Treadway will sit out the next event, but return in the #5 Meijer entry for the Delphi INDY 300 from the Chicagoland Speedway on September 2nd.