TRG's Gilliland Qualifies Racehost.com Chevy 37th at Indy Indianapolis, Ind., (July 25, 2009) - TRG Motorsports' David Gilliland qualified the No. 71 Racehost.com/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS in 37th for tomorrow's Allstate 400 at the ...
TRG's Gilliland Qualifies Racehost.com Chevy 37th at Indy
Indianapolis, Ind., (July 25, 2009) - TRG Motorsports' David Gilliland qualified the No. 71 Racehost.com/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS in 37th for tomorrow's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
71 indy qual Gilliland posted a time of 51.087 with an average speed of 176 mph that will see him start from the 18th row. TRG Motorsports, a-go-or-go-home team once again proved their mettle in qualifying by taking a car that was lacking speed in practice and putting it in the show.
"We are in the race," Gilliland said. "Yesterday we were not fast enough with our practice speeds to make it. It was a stressful day today, probably the most stressed out in qualifying that I have ever been. We were able to put a lap together. Slugger (Richard "Slugger" Labbe) and the guys made some changes and we were able to put it in the race. We have some more work to do for the race, but we made some big gains at the end of the last practice. I am not 100% comfortable with where we are at with the car right now, but we will make some more adjustments for the race."
Gilliland was having handling issues with the No. 71 Racehost.com Chevy in the turns.
"The car was tight coming off of the corners. We are working on that. You need a car that is fast off of the corners because the straights are so long. You need to carry maximum exit speed to be competitive here. We have a little ways to go with the car."
The team needed every lap of practice for qualifying, but Gilliland was able to run in traffic during the last session.
The car was tight running in traffic, but that is typical at Indy. The cars are so aero dependent that they just don't follow well, especially here."
The team will depend on race strategy to maximize track position during the race.
"Goodyear has really done their homework. The tire they brought this year is very good. There are some things we can do with tire strategy tomorrow, possibly just taking two. That is something that would have been impossible to try last year. Track position is important. We will need to be creative with our strategy tomorrow."
TRG Motorsports team principal, Kevin Buckler, likes his team's perseverance.
"Perseverance is the story of this little team," Buckler said. "We didn't quite have the speed to make it in the field in practice. Other teams would have settled and just seen what happened in qualifying. This team digs down and makes changes to the car and maximizes every dime and opportunity. David and Slugger have a great relationship and they communicate well and that is a difference maker. They don't settle for going home - this team is made-up of racers! We just need some sponsorship help to get our performance to where we all know can be in the future."