KV RACING TECHNOLOGY HAS DISAPPOINTING RACE IN PEAK ANTIFREEZE AND MOTOR OIL INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA COUNTY SONOMA, CA -- SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2008 -- Round ...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY HAS DISAPPOINTING RACE IN PEAK ANTIFREEZE AND MOTOR OIL INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA COUNTY
SONOMA, CA -- SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2008 -- Round #15 2008 IndyCar Series season -- KV Racing Technology had a disappointing race today in the Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.
Oriol Servia, KV Racing Technology #5 Honda/Dallara/Firestone, making his first appearance on the 2.245-mile, 12-turn Infineon permanent road course, qualified sixth, but had a yellow flag disrupt his race strategy, dropping him to 15th place. Will Power, KV Racing Technology #8 Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone, also making his Sonoma debut, qualified third, but fell victim to a problem with his brakes causing him to shortcut the track several times. He was eventually accessed a drive through penalty dropping him to 21st place.
"This was a very disappointing race for KV Racing Technology," Servia said. "The cars were fast all weekend, but we got caught out by a caution flag at just the wrong time and could not make up the track position."
Power said, "My rear master cylinder failed early in the race and that pretty much ended any chance we had of competing for a podium finish. It's a real shame, KVRT Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia worked so hard and we had a really good car in qualifying and early in the race."
With two races remaining in the 2008 IndyCar season, Servia, who earned 15 points today, is now ninth in the championship standings with 313 points. He is 32 points out of sixth place. The 34-year-old Spaniard, the highest ranked driver transitioning from Champ Car to the IndyCar Series this year, has finished in the top-10 in six of the 15 races this year with four top-five showings (all fifths: Long Beach, Richmond, Mid-Ohio and Edmonton).
Power scored 10 points and is now 15th in the standings with 277. He is 33 points out of 10th place and second in the Bombardier Learjet Rookie of the Year race, 38 points behind Hideki Mutoh. The 27-year-old Australian, who won in Long Beach and finished fourth at Mid-Ohio, has placed in the top-10 in four of the 15 races this year.