IRL: Texas II: Billy Boat race report

Car problem leads to early end for the Curb Records team in the final race of the season. Although the ...

Car problem leads to early end for the Curb Records team in the final race of the season.

Although the #98 was just as fast as any other racecar on the track, the gremlins that have been following the CURB Records team all season, struck again."I had a great race car, was able to run with the lead pack, but some type of problem with the right rear ended our day," said a very let down Billy Boat.

The CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing team started the race in the 14th position, but moved into the Top 10 quickly. By Lap 67, Billy Boat was in 4th place and challenging the leaders. But again, bad luck struck and during a pit stop in Lap 87, a problem with the right rear occurred, putting the team behind. When Boat had to re-pit a few moments later to try and correct the problem, things got worse and the team ended up back on the track 2 laps down from the leaders. A few laps later, driver Boat began to feel strong vibrations and the decision was made to park the car for safety sake.

Boat was disappointed, but in his characteristically optimistic manner stated,"We were hoping for a better end to our season, but unfortunately the same luck that has plagued us most of the year got us here at the end, too. It's been a tough season, yet we've gotten together a great bunch of guys.

So, as the CURB/Agajanian/Boat puts the 2002 IRL season behind them, Billy Boat made sure to remember those who made the season possible,"I really want to thank our sponsors; number one, CURB Records - Mike Curb has really been our biggest supporter throughout the year - Antigua, B&B Performance Exhaust, dbWebNet, Bosch, Verizon Wireless, Native Air Services, Paint By Steve, Yamaha, Oxy Water, MechanixWear, Matheson Tri-Gas and Lincoln Welders. Also, Firestone and the TWR Infiniti guys did a great job for us."

Although the final race of the season ended in a disappointing manner for the CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing team, Billy Boat succinctly assessed the situation,"Right now it's a little bit of a sigh to step back & look back at what we've built. Now, we'll able to continue to work on our program for next year and if everything goes right, next year be back bigger and stronger than ever."

Sam Hornish, Jr. not only won the Chevy 500, but also clinched the Indy Racing League championship, the first driver to ever win two IRL titles.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Billy Boat , Sam Hornish Jr.