PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix DETROIT RACE NOTES -- Sunday, June 7 Mattco Raceworks driver Mark Hotchkis scored the first-year team's third top-5 finish of the...
PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix
DETROIT RACE NOTES -- Sunday, June 7
Mattco Raceworks driver Mark Hotchkis scored the first-year team's third top-5 finish of the season, driving the No. 78 Alco Capital Group/Nassi Group Lola to fourth place in today's 32-lap Indy Lights race in Detroit. The finish was Hotchkis's best in f our visits to Detroit, and his sixth-place qualifying effort was his best-ever starting position here. Mattco has earned six top-10 finishing positions in the first six events on the 14-race Indy Lights schedule.
Rookie Tony Renna started third in the No. 77 Alco Capital Group/Nassi Group Lola, but finished 15th after a stop-and-go penalty for jumping the restart after the race's only full-course caution at lap three. Renna was running second at the time.
The race was won by Airton Dare.
MARK HOTCHKIS: "For some reason, I couldn't get the power down as good as I could this morning in warm-up. At times I found I was over-driving just a little bit trying to compensate. I was trying as hard as I could. It's a tricky place, and at least w e got out of here in one piece. I've got to say thanks to the entire Mattco Raceworks team. They did a fantastic job and they certainly have come a long way since I first joined them at Nazareth."
TONY RENNA, on the stop-and-go penalty: "(Airton) Dare just took off, he had like a five-car-length lead, and Guy (Smith) just sat there. I don't know if he had a gearbox problem or what, because I heard him miss a shift a couple other times before."
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