Monday, August 1, 2011

Indianapolis Race Recap

No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion
* AJ Allmendinger started in the sixth position Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
* Allmendinger finished the 400-mile event at the 2.5-mile quad-oval in the 22nd position
* Unofficially, Allmendinger sits in 17th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings

Race Summary: AJ Allmendinger lined up in the sixth spot for the start of the 400-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Quickly making his way toward the front of the field, Allmendinger was running in the third position on Lap 3.

A routine green flag pit stop on Lap 25 allowed Allmendinger to communicate to Crew Chief, Greg Erwin, who made his debut at the track with the team this weekend, that he was happy with how the Best Buy Ford was running overall, but the car was just a tick loose on entry and exit in the corners and tight through the center. Erwin called for a trackbar adjustment, four tires and fuel during the first pit stop of the day.

The change made to the Best Buy machine on the previous pit stop seemed to help the car’s handling during the early stages of the race, but as the laps wore on, Allmendinger began struggling more and more with how the car was driving. By Lap 105, Allmendinger was still running inside the top 10, but had fallen back to the ninth position.

With just under 60 Laps to go, Allmendinger again began to fight with the handling of the Best Buy Ford and couldn’t seem to get it to turn through the center of the corners. Erwin and the Richard Petty Motorsports crew made various chassis adjustments to the car during the remaining pit stops and when the checkered flag flew at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Allmendinger held down 22nd place.

Sunday’s finish resulted in Allmendinger falling one position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings. He now holds down 17th place heading to Pocono Raceway next weekend.

Credit - Ford Racing

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