So Close Joliett, IL: Indy Racing Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone dreams of his first IRL win went up in smoke with just two laps remaining in the Delphi Indy 300 from the Chicagoland speedway when he lost the motor in his ...
So Close Joliett, IL: Indy Racing Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone dreams of his first IRL win went up in smoke with just two laps remaining in the Delphi Indy 300 from the Chicagoland speedway when he lost the motor in his #21 Hollywood entry for Treadway-Hubbard Racing. Giaffone finished tenth after leading the race five times for a total of 34 laps. Teammate rookie Rick Treadway finished fourteenth in just his second IRL start in his #5 Meijer car.
"I just can't believe it," said Giaffone. "We were strong all weekend. I'm just so disappointed, but I'm still happy because I know I had a car to win this race. I was just pulling out to get along side of Jaques (Lazier) for the lead when I felt the motor start to go. The Hollywood guys did a great job all weekend and I have to thank Tim Wardrop of G-Force who was helping with the engineering this weekend. We'll just see what we can do in Texas."
"I was a lot more comfortable today than in Kentucky," said Treadway. "I have to thank Meijer, Coca-Cola, and the entire Treadway-Hubbard team for this opportunity as well as all the support from my family, friends, and fans that came out to support me. It's been great. We just wanted to finish the race and we did that. We got to mix it up today and I was really comfortable. We still have a few things to work on, but that will only come with experience."
Giaffone is now tied for 4th in overall driver points and has already clinched the Rookie of the Year title. This was Treadway's second career IRL start. The next race is the Chevy 500 from the Texas Motor Speedway on September 16th.