It was a cold and rainy weekend in Kansas, but the Guthrie Racing boys triumphed through the poor weather and proved to be on fire. Especially Robbie Pecorari who had one of the best performances of his career. Each teammate brought their car...
It was a cold and rainy weekend in Kansas, but the Guthrie Racing boys triumphed through the poor weather and proved to be on fire. Especially Robbie Pecorari who had one of the best performances of his career. Each teammate brought their car across the finish line in one piece, making it another great weekend for the team.
Pecorari, who negotiated a last minute deal to run the race at Kansas Speedway, immediately fit in perfectly with the team as he loved the setup on his car right from the get go. Qualifying was scratched on race morning due to cold track temperatures, which meant that the starting order was determined by point standings. Pecorari missed the first race meaning he was further down in the points, and had to start on the last row of the grid in 23rd spot.
However the young driver from Philly wasn't worried about his starting position the least bit.
"We had a car that could go fast anywhere on the track. The Guthrie Racing team gave me a great opportunity to race here today and a car with a fantastic setup," Pecorari remarked about his vehicle. He portrayed himself brilliantly on the track from the moment the green flag dropped, passing cars anywhere and anytime he saw an opening.
"I was able to move through the field very quickly going either on the high or low side," Pecorari said. He stayed clear of all incidents on the track and gracefully moved through the field with ease. After making up 21 positions from the start, he had moved all the way up to 2nd. With only 10 laps left after the last yellow flag, it was then that Pecorari faced his biggest challenge of the race, trying to pass the leader, Hildebrand.
"I just couldn't get by the leader. He was protecting the inside line very well, which proved to be the right move cause he managed to stay in front of us." At the finish line there was nothing Pecorari could do, but hold his position in second place.
With such a strong performance with a new team, Pecorari is determined to get back in the seat of the number 55 Guthrie Racing vehicle.
"I can't wait to see what I can work out with Guthrie Racing to compete in more races later this year! They're a great group of guys and I would really enjoy working with the team again."
This marks two races in a row where a Guthrie Racing driver has made up twenty spots or more during the race to end up on the podium. A very difficult achievement by any standard!
Sean Guthrie ran up front all day, but found himself in an unfortunate spot towards the end of the race causing not as good of a finish that he was hoping for ending up in 6th place. He did however move up two spots in the drivers championship due to his outstanding drive today and is now 6th in points standings.
"We had the fastest car on the track and I was hanging with the lead group the whole time, but I got held up behind a slower car midway through the race and had trouble getting by," Guthrie said. He stayed in the top 5 for most of the race, but fell back after a near collision with 15 laps to go.
"Matos spun in front of me going down the front straight and I barely missed him, in doing so I lost valuable track position and fell back to 11th. We had ten laps to go on the restart and I was able to make up 5 spots, but simply ran out of time," Sean exclaimed. He was on a mission at the end of the race to catch up to his teammate and was easily doing so before the 100 mile race came to and end.
Guthrie hoped for more, but was very happy to gain valuable points in the fourth race of the season and make up ground on the leader board as the two drivers leading in points prior to today's race had unfortunate luck during the event.
Guthrie is already looking forward to the next event at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I know the team will have another great showing at Indy like we did this weekend. Even though we finished well today I feel we can do much better and I think that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the perfect facility to do this at!"
Logan Gomez came across the line in 15th with a car that perplexed him all weekend. The Kansas Speedway proved to be difficult for the Indiana native as he couldn't quite dial in the car to match his driving abilities.
"I worked with Pecorari on our setup, but for some reason our car just didn't perform as we planned," Gomez said. "The car had a big push in traffic and I tried my best to drive my Menards Guthrie Racing car to its best capability, but we just didn't have the right setup this weekend." Gomez however did make up two spots in the point standings and is currently in 11th. The quest for the Firestone Indy Lights Championship is still looming large in the air and very possible for any driver to capture as four different drivers have won the four races this year.
Three young Americans represented Guthrie Racing this weekend with a performance that showed their cars are very capable of winning races. It's only a matter of time before one of the team's drivers finds themselves in victory circle...