Indianapolis, the capital of American racing, where Jonathan Summerton had the highs and lows of motor sport. Starting off the Indy 500 weekend with Andersen Racing Team Jonathan became a passenger in an engineer's dream setup as he tried to go...
Indianapolis, the capital of American racing, where Jonathan Summerton had the highs and lows of motor sport.
Starting off the Indy 500 weekend with Andersen Racing Team Jonathan became a passenger in an engineer's dream setup as he tried to go faster and faster. The only thing slowing him down was the coefficient of drag of the car. In today's Indy Lights cars set up on the ovals is so important as basically you are flat out all the way around. bIn the first practice we had a car that was capable of performing well in the race but it didn't have top speed," voiced Jonathan.J When qualifying came all three Andersen drivers struggled to find any speed. Each qualifying comprised of 2 laps averaged. When completethe team had 18th, 19th and 20th. "It was a disappointing result for all of us", Jonathan said. "We had hoped to be at least in the topq0. We know we have a fast car for the race so we will just have to try that bit harder."
Come race day, starting from the back, Jonathan was on the move. By the end of the first lap he was already up to 14th. He then continued to gain positions reachingyth. Unfortunatelyhis frontshockcover was loose and he wasconcerned that it would lift and fly off, so when the first yellow came out he darted into the pits to have it fixed.Hewas ready to start from the back again. When the green flew again he was on the move towards the front and quickly reached 11th place. However, he was told to pit as his radio was cutting in and out, which, at speeds of nearly 200 MPH can become very dangerous. So, he pitted once again to change his radio out. This is an awkward job to access and caused Jonarhan to go down 1 lap without any chance of lapping everyone to win. Still, Jonathan went out again starting from the back and moved up the field progressively.
Lap 40 was fast arriving but by the checkered flag Jonathan hadprogressed up to the 4th place car proving that without these problems Jonathan couldhave definitely been on the podium.
Jonathan commented, "The car handled well. I really enjoyed racing in the Indy Lights Indianapolis race. It is certainly exhilarating to be driving at nearly 200 mph. I thank Alllied Building Products, Mockettand Andersen racing for the opportunity. Plus, I would like to ask people to help Give Kids the World Foundation. They do a fantastic job in giving terminally ill kids their one wish in life in Central Florida."
Next race is at Milwaukee, Sunday, May 31, 2009.