SANTA MONICA, Calif. April 29, 2012 Shea Holbrook Katherine Legge
Tooele, Utah Todd Lamb Michael Cooper
"I was third on grid today because I had the third-fastest time from the second race of the weekend," said Holbrook. "I was in a really good position to just stay up front and battle the entire time. On the start of the race, I’m not sure what happened. Either we had a misfire or I was in third gear… I couldn’t get the car rolling. The engine took a moment to breathe because I was on the throttle but then I got full power back and it was fine. By then I was last.
"Once all that happened I thought, ‘Okay, just have fun because now you will just start picking people off,’" continued Holbrook. "I had great radio communication with my coach and it was a good battle to get back up near the front."
"They radioed in and said, ‘Hey, there’s a stock car on the front straight, just take notice,’" said Holbrook. "The matter-of-fact way in which they announced it over the radio was pretty funny."
Holbrook’s solid finishes move her to sixth in the Touring Car standings with 364 points, just four points shy of being in the top five.
The team managed to repair the faulty engine components in time for the race and Legge turned 20 of 75 laps, but her race was cut short by damage sustained in contact with the wall.
"We pitted for red tires on lap 17 and everything was going fine," said Legge, who qualified 24th for the race. "I was racing with a couple of other cars when I clipped the rear on the wall of the big main straight. Normally it wouldn’t have done any damage but it was the angle of which we clipped it. I thought all we had was a flat tire but when we came in and the team looked at it, the driveshaft appeared to be loose. So we had to stop."
Despite the DNF, Legge holds her position in the INDYCAR standings at 25th. She is optimistic about the progress her team is making and although the team lags behind most other teams in terms of test time, Legge and her engineers make the most of every lap turned.
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