Luyendyk Recovers in St. Petersburg to grab Fifth St. Petersburg was the stage for the first ever non-oval event for the Indy Racing League. The 1.8 mile Street course located in downtown St. Petersburg provided a great event to showcase the ...
Luyendyk Recovers in St. Petersburg to grab Fifth
St. Petersburg was the stage for the first ever non-oval event for the Indy Racing League. The 1.8 mile Street course located in downtown St. Petersburg provided a great event to showcase the Menards Infiniti Pro Series as well as the IndyCar Series. Luyendyk was ready to take on the challenge, "I was very excited to run on the street course, the League put on such a great event and St. Petersburg is a wonderful track to race on. It has very technical sections as well as wide fast sections, ideal for passing."
The weekend was a an uphill struggle as Luyendyk brushed the wall after setting the quickest time in the first few minutes of practice. After missing most of the first session, gearbox trouble put him out for most of the second practice. Then in the warm-up Luyendyk's car had another mechanical setback after a brake line came loose during the session. The car would make it back on course after spending more time in the pits bleeding the brake lines. "We definitely did not have as much track time as anybody and with our limited testing we were very behind," quoted Luyendyk.
For his 8th starting spot Luyendyk avoided a first turn accident but lost a lot of time in the process. "The first turn was mayhem and I lost a lot of time because I was on the outside. I had to come to a stop just to avoid the two cars. I lost some positions but was able to get them back," said Arie. The 40 lap race came to a close and Luyendyk ended up fifth in his first road course race since the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2004.
"I ended up going almost three seconds quicker than my qualifying time, so we really picked up a huge amount of time on the track today. I want to thank AFS Racing, they worked hard this weekend and we recovered nicely. I made a couple of mistakes, but it was my first road course race in a long time, so I was very pleased."