ANDRETTI AND BAM RACING WEATHER THE STORM ON AND OFF TRACK IN KANSAS KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 30, 2007) -- John Andretti and the BAM Racing team welcomed LifeLock, the industry leader in identity theft prevention, as primary sponsor of the...
ANDRETTI AND BAM RACING WEATHER THE STORM ON AND OFF TRACK IN KANSAS
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 30, 2007) -- John Andretti and the BAM Racing team welcomed LifeLock, the industry leader in identity theft prevention, as primary sponsor of the No. 49 Dodge Charger at Kansas Motor Speedway. Andretti ran strong in final practice and qualified for the LifeLock 400 in the 28th position. In an afternoon filled with on-track action and wild weather overhead, Andretti was able avoid involvement in any of the 12 race cautions to secure a 33rd place finish for the team.
Before an estimated crowd of 110,000 fans, the field approached the green flag for an unpredictable afternoon on-track and in the skies. With the LifeLock Dodge starting in the 28th position, team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau thanked both the crew and sponsors for their support.
"Thanks to everyone for your hard work," radioed Ms. Morgenthau. "And thanks to LifeLock for being with us this weekend. We are proud to be part of your team."
The first caution of the race came out on lap 13 for the first of two rain delays of the day. Andretti reported that the LifeLock Dodge was tight in the center of the turns and loose on exit. Running in the 35th position, he came to pit road for four tires and fuel. The race was then red-flagged for 45 minutes while the track was dried.
Once the race restarted, Andretti came back to pit road for four tires, fuel and a spring rubber was removed from the right rear tire. He restarted the race in the 39th position.
By lap 50, Andretti was holding steady in the 39th position and reported that he was "wicked loose in the middle of the corners."
He came to pit road on lap 61 for four tires and fuel, and two spring rubbers were inserted into the left rear spring. He restarted the race on lap 63 in 37th place. After getting a feel for the racecar, Andretti reported that the changes made a difference.
"The car is much better," relayed Andretti. "The balance is right. The changes were a big help."
A series of cautions ensued and the LifeLock team continued to make adjustments to the racecar. By lap 100, Andretti was running in the 36th position with ominous skies overhead.
"We've got rain coming. We're 30 laps until the half-way mark so get all that you can," radioed crew chief Dean Johnson.
At the mid-point of the race, Andretti remained in the 36th position. Green flag pit stops began on lap 140 and Andretti came to pit road on lap 141 for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments. A second, more severe storm rolled in on lap 147 which brought out the red flag for over two hours while the track was dried in order to resume the race.
Once the track was dried, the race was shortened to 225 laps due to impending darkness. With a "green" racetrack following the rain, four cautions came out and the race was shortened again to 210 laps as night approached. Andretti was able to avoid trouble on the track and capture a 33rd place finish for BAM Racing and LifeLock.
"We worked on the LifeLock Dodge all day and were able to make some improvements," commented crew chief Dean Johnson. "With so many delays and cautions, it was difficult to get a good idea for what the racecar was doing on track. With the race ending at night we were able to get some notes that might help us out at the upcoming race at Lowe's Motor Speedway."