In Spite Of Crash Damage Veach Finishes 6th At Pocono

Zach Veach

No. 26 GROUP 1001 HONDA
  • STARTED: 7th // FINISHED 6th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 16th (239 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Collected a career best oval finish and second-best result of his rookie season
“I’m very satisfied with how our race today went. During the big crash, in the beginning, it turned out that our front wing adjuster got ripped off the nose of the car. We started the race a little conservative on the front wing, to get through the first stint. Our plan was to keep adding throughout the race, but we weren’t able to so that kind of hurt us – we were stuck with that same front wing angle. As soon as I got close to cars, I struggled. We just needed a little more front wing which we couldn’t put in. But, all-in-all, I’m pretty happy with our day. Hoping that Robert [Wickens] is okay-we’re all thinking of him.”

The 500-Mile race saw an extended red flag period after just six laps of competition for a multi-car incident that ended the day for 2015 race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The accident, which involved contact between the No. 28 and the No. 6 car of Robert Wickens resulted in damage to the catch fence which needed repairing before racing could resume. Wickens was transported to the Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown with orthopedic injuries and remains under evaluation.

Next weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series wraps up oval competition at Gateway Motorsports Park. The second event of a three-in-a-row stint will see practice and qualifying sessions on Friday with the 248-lap race waved green on Saturday night under the St. Louis lights.


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