Perseverance Rewards Mishael Abbott at Watkins Glen Many Spin Out in Indy Pro Series' First Rain Race WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 4, 2006) -- Rain continued for race day at Watkins Glen International for the Indy Pro Series Corning 100 on ...
Perseverance Rewards Mishael Abbott at Watkins Glen
Many Spin Out in Indy Pro Series' First Rain Race
WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 4, 2006) -- Rain continued for race day at Watkins Glen International for the Indy Pro Series Corning 100 on Sunday. Saturday's rains that cut the schedule for both Indy Pro Series and IndyCar® Series qualifying never really subsided and the Indy Pro Series ran the first rain race in its history.
An unusual sound was heard from the Michael Crawford Motorsports car #8 when the engine was fired for the early Sunday morning warm-up. It turned out to be a misaligned lay shaft in the gearbox possibly resulting from Saturday's spin and light contact with the tire wall. The problem was discovered too late for Mishael to make the final warm-up but the wet track caused accidents and shortened the session to only a few laps anyway.
Just after noon on Sunday seventeen Indy Pro Series cars took on the 11-turn, 3.37-mile Watkins Glen road course, all with Firestone rain tires, for the first Indy Pro Series race in the rain.
"The crew fixed the gear box problem but we had some kind of misfire during the race that was causing the car to be unpredictable," said Mishael Abbott.
The rain and cool weather at "The Glen" contributed to Mishael's engine not getting up to proper temperature resulting in a misfire that affected her car nearly the entire race.
"I stayed out there just trying to keep the car out of the fence," said Mishael. "I had to really stay on top of the car and be alert for sudden power surges. We managed to move up four positions and collected enough prize money to cover my incident from yesterday."
Mishael Abbott finished twelfth after starting in the sixteenth position.
"At Indy we let Mishael down but this weekend we gave her a respectable car," said Michael Crawford afterward. "Mishael's optimism and perseverance shone through conditions that were definitely against us. We achieved a good result today in atrocious conditions."
Television coverage is scheduled for Thursday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).