IRL: Phoenix: Team Ethanol race report

Frustrating Weekend for Team Ethanol in Second IRL Race PHOENIX, AZ. MARCH 19, 2005: Starting in the back of the field in his second Indy Racing League IndyCar Series race, driver Paul Dana's day ended early as his car was never able to recover...

Frustrating Weekend for Team Ethanol in Second IRL Race PHOENIX, AZ.

MARCH 19, 2005: Starting in the back of the field in his second Indy Racing League IndyCar Series race, driver Paul Dana's day ended early as his car was never able to recover from his crash during Friday's practice at the XM Satellite Radio 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Because of the crash in practice, the Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing team was not able to participate in qualifying and entered the event at the 1-mile oval with their #91 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone in last position on the starting grid.

"The crew did a great job of getting the car ready for the race. They worked late making sure I had a car that would be able to compete," Dana said.

Dana was in trouble early on in the race when the radio in his helmet failed, meaning he was unable to hear his spotter or communicate with his team to try to tune the car. Then he was hit by another car on lap 33.

"I was just trying to stay out of everyone's way early on and establish a rhythm and see if we could get back on pace, but the car was skating all over the place and it was hard to hold on. Then we got hit and the crew was concerned about the suspension and wheel bearings, so we decided to park it."

"It's frustrating. We've got to get some time in the shop to work out the kinks in our program, and we will definitely be testing at a few more tracks in the next couple of weeks in order to be properly prepared for the rest of the season."

Dana is currently tied for 12th in points and still leads in the rookie standings. The IndyCar Series goes to the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 3 followed by the Indy 300 Japan on April 30.

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