Laps: 225 of 228
Race Winner: Ryan Briscoe
No. 77 Bowers and Wilkins FAZZT Race Team Race Notes
Alex started 20th and gained four positions in the opening laps, moving up to the 16th position.
Alex stayed within the 16th – 19th positions throughout the first half of the race.
After a mid-race yellow on lap 133, the team made a strategic decision to leave Alex on the track as the leaders pitted when pits were opened.
Alex took over the lead during yellow and continued in the lead on lap 142 when the track went green again and led until he needed to pit on lap 167.
Alex led 33 laps tonight. He had previously led 21 laps in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
As the pit stop ended, the fueling rig remained engaged and when Alex exited the pits fueler Phil McRoberts was struck by the fueling hose as it pulled loose from the car and he was thrown to the ground. McRoberts was unhurt by the incident and Alex returned to the track.
Due to leaving the pit box with the fuel hose engaged, Alex was penalized with a drive-through penalty which put him back in 18th place when he returned to the track.
Alex had to pit one final time for a splash of fuel on lap 221 and ended up in 18th place, three laps down from the leaders.
Alex Tagliani on the Firestone 550K Race:
“The team did a fantastic job tonight and gave me a really good car so it’s disappointing to not be able to capitalize on that. We had a little issue in Qualifying yesterday and the guys worked on it last night and fixed the problem. And you could see that we had a great car when we got out front. Once I got out front, I had a great car and the Bowers and Wilkins #77 car was absolutely amazing. We realized we had a small issue in Indianapolis and it carried over here in Qualifying. But the guys worked very hard and found the problem last night and I knew that tonight when I had such a good car. But the racing is just so competitive that you just can’t make it up when you start from the back. I’m so proud of the boys and so proud to show what a good car we had when we got out front. That is testament to the hard work of the team and shows the character of everyone on this team. Now, we know we have a good car so we will leave and regroup and do a better job in Iowa.”
Rob Edwards, team Chief Operating Officer, on the Firestone 550K Race:
“I’m disappointed with where we finished as we were on the same strategy as Will Power and it looks like he finished a bit better than we did. It was a difficult weekend and when we were up front, we showed that we had a good car but we just weren’t as good in traffic, so that was a disappointment. Luckily Phil (McRoberts, fueler) is fine and he managed to get a full load of fuel into the car before the miscue in the pits. We learned a lot this weekend about making a better oval car and as a first year team, it was nice to lead laps tonight.”
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FAZZT Race Team
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