St. Pete: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing race report

Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I was very patient at the beginning of the race and trying to just stay on the track because the conditions were pretty tricky. Everybody went on a different strategy and after...

Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I was very patient at the beginning of the race and trying to just stay on the track because the conditions were pretty tricky. Everybody went on a different strategy and after the pit stop we made it up to second position which was pretty good. Just Briscoe was in front of me and I was able to keep Helio behind me. We were in a good position after our second stop too and were third of those that had pit. When we were about to pit for our third stop, the yellow came out. When I pit, I had a clutch issue and I stalled my engine and I dropped back many positions. After that I passed a couple of cars but this track is hard to overtake on. Had the yellow not come out and I had not stalled the car we would have been somewhere around eighth after others pit. The Formula Dream/Panasonic car was very good on primary tires. We struggled a little bit on the alternate red tires so we need to think about how to improve on those. I'm very disappointed in the pit stop; that was totally my fault."

-source: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Hideki Mutoh