IPS: St. Louis: Moses Smith race notes

The bad news is obvious. Moses suffered a crash during the last practice session of the weekend. The car had heavy damage, and Moses was not able to start the race. "Although I was very disappointed with this development, I was not disappointed...

The bad news is obvious. Moses suffered a crash during the last practice session of the weekend. The car had heavy damage, and Moses was not able to start the race.

"Although I was very disappointed with this development, I was not disappointed with the weekend. Both the Team and I knew that we were asking a lot to enter a race with out previously testing. To make matters even more challenging, the track that we would be competing at, Gateway International is considered to be one of the more difficult tracks that the Infiniti Pro Series (IPS) competes on." Moses explains about entering the Gateway Emerson 100 as his debut event.

During the two practice sessions scheduled on Friday prior to the qualifying session, Moses was quick to get up to speed. Both sessions would find Moses in the top ten of speed and lap times. A number of series officials, as well as competitors had commented on how "smooth" Moses looked, and how well he had come up to speed.

During the qualifying session, Moses and the team elected to leave the set up alone and use qualifying as just another test session. "At this point, considering that I have very little seat time in the car, I didn't want to make any real changes, I just wanted more seat time," explains Moses about the qualifying decision. Although no changes were made to the car, Moses would qualify the car in the 11th on the grid.

Saturday morning scheduled a fifteen minute warm-up session prior to the race. The Kenn Hardley Racing / HASA Pool Product team sent Moses out with a full load of fuel to get a feel of what the start of the race would feel like. Again Moses was able to quickly get the car up to speed. He would run his fastest times during this session. As the session was coming to a close an unfortunate incident would end Moses' day.

"As I was coming through turns 3 and 4, I noticed one of my fellow competitors closing on me, as he got closer, I could feel the aero grip being disturbed in the rear of the car. Unfortunately I did not anticipate how much it would upset the balance of the car. Before I knew it, I was doing everything I could to save myself from spinning." But it was too late. Moses would find himself hitting the wall just on the exit of turn 4. The damage to the car was severe enough that he would not be able to start the race.

Moses wanted to send a special thanks to the IPS / IRL and local medical staff for attending to him after the incident. Also thanks to the Kenn Hardley Racing team and HASA Pool Products for making this opportunity happen.

Moses will be heading to Canada for Round Six of the Star Mazda North American Championship this weekend.

-www.mosessmith.com-

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Moses Smith