RACE NOTES: Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 at Iowa Speedway
16th: CONOR DALY No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet
17th: ED CARPENTER No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet
19th: RINUS VEEKAY No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet
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CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET
CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 16th: “Another slightly less-than-ideal day. We improved the car over yesterday on the long run, felt slightly more competitive and could attack every now and then. Just struggled mechanically with the car, we didn’t have the grip on the long stints that we needed. It’s a real shame because we qualified well, but weren’t able to finish it off. All three of our cars were in a tough spot today, we were better than the other two, but as a team, we want to be better. We will be better next weekend!”
• Conor Daly had the same starting position for Race 2 of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend as he did in yesterday’s Race 1. After holding the provisional pole for both races for most of qualifying, his second lap eventually placed him 4th. He moved up one position as a result of another competitor’s penalty for an unapproved engine change.
• The No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet was strong at the beginning of each run and he stayed in the Top 5 for the first 25 laps of the race. Daly would eventually face the same challenges with grip and tire wear that he did yesterday.
• Similar to Race 1, once Daly was down a lap to the leaders, it was difficult to make up positions. Still, he finished three spots higher than yesterday and came home in 16th.
RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET
RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 19th: “We were really struggling with the car today. It got very loose, very often. I had one big moment and we decided to go a little off-sequence on our strategy. We stopped and four laps later, it went yellow so we lost two laps there. Then we had a penalty, and that’s how the day went. It’s tough. We didn’t really change much on the car from yesterday but it definitely felt a lot different.”
• Lap 2 of yesterday’s qualifications set the starting line up for today’s Race 2. Rinus VeeKay’s two laps were within .001 of each other, which originally put him 9th. A penalty for another competitor moved him up one position to 8th, same as yesterday’s starting position.
• With rapidly deteriorating grip, VeeKay came in slightly ahead of schedule for his second pit stop. His plan to use fresh tires to charge through the field was thwarted when the caution flag came out four laps later and he was trapped two laps behind the field. A wave around gave him one lap back.
• His bad luck continued as he received a stop and go penalty for improper pit entry. He lost two more laps and fell three laps down to the leaders. Though he was able to race with lead-pack cars, lap times below 20 seconds made it nearly impossible for him to gain any laps back.
ED CARPENTER, NO. 33 ALZAMEND NEURO CHEVROLET
ED CARPENTER, No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet, Finished 17th: “It wasn’t the result we wanted. I came into the day pretty optimistic based on Rinus (VeeKay’s) day yesterday and the changes we made overnight. I really do think we were a lot better and quite competitive. Qualifying hurt us a bit and we couldn’t catch break late with the way the yellows were falling. We got a flat from debris during one of the yellows. Then we made a mistake during a stop for emergency service. We should have been fighting with the guys a lap down in the end but we were multiple laps down. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to maximize the car we had. There was improvement from Race 1 to Race 2. Hopefully we can sort things out for Gateway and finish my season strong.”
• With the second of the two qualifying laps setting the grid for Race 2, Ed Carpenter started several positions higher than yesterday. His second lap was nearly a mile an hour faster than his first, moving him up to 19th today.
• Carpenter found himself with a cut tire after running through the debris field following Josef Newgarden’s accident on Lap 235. He was forced to take emergency service in a closed pit lane, meaning he would have to take the following restart from the back of the field. However, the No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet also received a splash of fuel. This categorized the stop as service in a closed pit lane, necessitating a drive-through penalty.
• As the only car on his lap in the closing stages of the race, Carpenter did not have an opportunity to move forward. He finished 17th in Race 2 of the doubleheader event.
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