No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA
STARTED 17th // FINISHED 18th
CHAMPIONSHIP: 18th (271 pts.)
Zach Veach made contact with the 21 car of Spencer Pigot, forcing the 26 to recover off the track surface of Turn 2 on Lap 54.
Just after the incident in Turn 2, the sophomore driver was forced off the track again in the Corkscrew losing a total of seven positions on the lap.
“We were a bit of a pinball out there today. We made a mistake on our side, had the car way too low with the fuel load. We really struggled the first five-to-six laps of a stint because the bottoming was so bad. The team did an awesome job to combat that with tire pressures and other things. We figured it out after our first stop and were on our way moving forward and got up to 14th, running right behind Marco [Andretti] then was just under fire from Spencer Pigot. He just cooked it a little too hard in the corner and punted both of us off of Turn 2. That was frustrating. We lost a few spots in that incident then when I got to the Corkscrew, I got hit again and pushed off the track and lost another three spots. It was a bad lap but we did the best we could with what we had. I can’t thank Gainbridge enough for everything this year. My entire crew and Mark Bryant and everything he has done to help me for these last four races. It has been such a good end of the year for us as far as getting things done.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!