SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS PLACES ALL THREE CARS IN TOP-10 AT MID-OHIO; VERNAY STILL LEADS POINTS LEXINGTON, Ohio- Sam Schmidt Motorsports had all three of its cars finish in the top-10 in Sunday's Mid-Ohio 100 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, ...
SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS PLACES ALL THREE CARS IN TOP-10 AT MID-OHIO; VERNAY STILL LEADS POINTS
LEXINGTON, Ohio- Sam Schmidt Motorsports had all three of its cars finish in the top-10 in Sunday's Mid-Ohio 100 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but it wasn't necessarily the specific part of the top-10 the team wanted.
J.K. Vernay led the way for the team coming home in eighth-place. He was followed up James Winslow in ninth and Philip Major in 10th.
Vernay had qualified seventh but lost a spot to Adrian Campos on the first lap. Winslow and Major held their positions from the start, and all three drivers maintained their order for the rest of the race.
The track didn't provide for many passing opportunities, and with the track position the Sam Schmidt trio had, it was a tall order to move forward. All three drivers brought their cars home in one piece and are looking forward to putting this weekend behind and concentrating on the next event.
Vernay maintains a 53-point lead in the points over second-place James Hinchcliffe and race winner, Martin Plowman, who is now tied with Hinchcliffe.
From here, the team will have one weekend off before returning to action the weekend of August 22nd at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Weekend coverage can be seen on firestoneindylights.com and indycar.com.
No. 7 LUCAS OIL/CJ Motorsport/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver J.K. Vernay
Started seventh; finished eighth. Won four races so far this year (St. Pete, Barber Park, The Glen, Toronto). Leaves Mid-Ohio leading the series points by 53 over James Hinchcliffe and Martin Plowman. Made ninth Firestone Indy Lights start. In 2009, competed in Formula 3, highlighted by two wins, and a track record at the Macau street circuit.
"Obviously, this was a disappointing weekend for us. In the big picture, for the championship, we could have increased our lead quite a bit. Still, at least we didn't lose too much ground leaving here. It was frustrating, and I'm just ready to move on. My goal always is to win, and when I'm not able to accomplish that, I don't feel satisfied. We'll try and forget this weekend and look to come back strong in the final four races."
No. 49 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver Philip Major
"Overall, this was just a really tough weekend. We struggled a lot with the car's setup and trying to get things right. It ended up showing in the race. It's just unfortunate we weren't able to get there and struggled a bit as a team. On the positive side, there's only one way to go from here, and that's up. That's what we're going to be aiming to do in Sonoma. We're going to put our heads together, as a team, and come up with something to get the job done there. That's what we're going to do these next two weeks, trying to prepare as best as we can. Then, I'm looking forward to getting back onto the ovals after that."
No. 77 FOCAL POINT/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver James Winslow
"What can I say really other than I'm really gutted. The whole team struggled really. We just couldn't get the setup right for this weekend. We will put this one behind us and bounce back stronger at the next race. That's all we can do at this point."
Team Owner, Sam Schmidt
"Well, even though I wish we could, I guess we can't win them all. It's hard to be too disappointed when all three cars roll back onto the truck in one piece, but we're not here just to participate either. We'll have to re-group and finish these last four races as strong as we can. We're coming up to some tracks that we've been very successful at in the past, and I expect no different when we return in the next few weeks."