Klein Gets Another Top-Five in Indy Pro Series Race ...
Klein Gets Another Top-Five in Indy Pro Series Race #2 at St. Pete; Opening-Lap Engine Fire Brings Disappointment, Sidelines Camara
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 2, 2006) Rookie Jonathan Klein scored his second consecutive fifth-place IRL Indy Pro Series finish today at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, while teammate Jaime Camara had to endure a bit of tough luck as his car caught fire on the very first lap and sent him to the sidelines.
Klein started on the front row in his #27 Klein Tools/Turn-Key Forging and Design Dallara by virtue of his fifth-place finish in Saturday's first of two Indy Pro Series races here this weekend. He grabbed the lead by the first corner and held onto it before local favorite Jay Howard got around him on Lap 4. Eventual race-winner Raphael Matos got by Klein and Howard a short time later and went on to his second consecutive victory here this weekend. Alex Lloyd and series veteran Jeff Simmons eventually got by Klein, as well, and the 18-year-old held off all other challengers until the checkered flag flew on Lap 40.
Camara's tough racing luck continued today and kept him from completing a single lap. In Saturday's race, he was fighting brake problems and spun into a tire barrier and out of the race 10 laps from the finish. Today's engine fire, reasons for which have not been determined, as yet, added to the frustration.
The series takes an extended hiatus before resuming next month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Futaba Freedom 100 on Friday, May 26. ESPN2 will combine this weekend's twin events into a single broadcast set to air next Friday (April 7) at 4 p.m. EDT.
Jonathan Klein, #27 Klein Tools/Turn-Key Forging and Design Dallara (5th):
"We were looking to finish the race, get experience, get points, take advantage of certain situations, and we wanted to maximize points. So I didn't want to do anything stupid, or go for something that would be iffy just for one position and risk taking myself out of the race. I drove conservatively today. The car was pretty decent, but all in all, I didn't have the car to keep up with (Jeff) Simmons and the top three guys after tires came in. We were great on cold tires, which made us good on the restarts. But after two races in two days, with all four corners still on the car and the points we got, we're pretty happy. This was a lot of fun on my first street course."
Jaime Camara, #11 CELG/Goias Dallara (15th):
"It was a rough weekend so far and we were hoping today was finally going to be our day. Unfortunately, the car caught on fire on the first lap and I had to stop. That was very frustrating, but there's nothing you can do or say about it except go on to the next one."
Kim Green, President, Andretti-Green Racing:
"We're really pleased with a pair of top-five finishes out of Jonathan (Klein). For Jaime, on the other hand, it was a very disappointing weekend, especially in the second race. But, overall, we're happy with what we're seeing. We have a lot of confidence in both of our drivers, in the team, and we just keep learning every day we go out there. I'm happy with the progress we are making."