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BELLE ISLE: Shank Finishes p4, Ganassi Clutch Fails (Driver Quotes)
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 06:32 AM
BELLE ISLE: Shank Finishes p4, Ganassi Clutch Fails (Driver Quotes)



4/4 60 (*Ozz Negri, John Pew) – 1:40:35.825

30/11 01 (*Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas) – Retired, 12 laps.

*Last driver in car.


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6 60 (*Ozz Negri, John Pew) – 1:25.776, 98.629 mph

8 01 (Scott Pruett, *Memo Rojas) – 1:26.199, 98.145 mph

* Driver qualified.

No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

SCOTT PRUETT: “No need to say, it’s hugely disappointing for everybody. The whole Telcel, Ganassi organization, Ford. Especially because the car had been running really well here. We had a rocket ship today. We were p1 yesterday in the second session, we were p1 this morning in the warm-up. The car felt really good, so we had pretty high hopes going into the race. We’ve never had this happen before. We don’t know 100-percent what happened yet, just that the clutch started slipping and failed. We had to go out and limp around so I could get my driver points. Memo got his; I got mine. This is what cost us the championship last year. So I’m looking forward to Detroit next year. It owes us.”

MEMO ROJAS: “The car was good. In the beginning, we were able to pass two cars on the start and were going forward, but right after lap three I reported some noise in the gearbox and then we started to lose acceleration, because of the clutch slipping. Then there was just nothing we could do. We just lost acceleration until we could barely drive it... Scott went in because he needed to get his driver points. He had to go 40 mph because that’s all it would go. It’s just part of racing. It has nothing to do with the car or the engine, it was just a failure on the clutch. It’s a shame because we wanted to get a good result for Ford at its home track, but it’s just one of those things.”

No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ford EcoBoost Riley

Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian

OZZ NEGRI: “We finished with no problems. That was the No. 1 goal. On the restart, we had a few problems, considering everything that happened, with a couple long pit stops. Being back behind the GT cars for the first time, when I was passing them, you’ve got to go off-line and there’s a lot of pick-up on the tires. It takes forever to get rid of it. I did the best I could to clean up. The second restart, I knew that I had two P2 cars in front of me and I knew where they were quick. I knew if I didn’t get them now, it would be very hard for me to pass them because they can brake really late. So I just really surprised one of them on the breaking at the end of the back straight and just committed. I said ‘I’m going to go for it, and let’s see what happens.’ (Ryan) Dalziel was heads-up and when he saw I was committed, he backed off it and I was able to gain that position. The car was good. I’m just really happy for my guys. They work really, really hard. My Mike Shank Racing (with Curb/Agajanian) crew, they busted their butts yesterday putting in another gearbox after we had another gearbox problem (in the second practice session) and it ran flawlessly the whole race. Our EcoBoost engine also, was great. We just need to keep chipping away and we’ll be there. We needed to get the monkey off of our back and that’s what we did.”

JOHN PEW: “Not bad, considering we came up from sixth to fourth and just had to keep on plugging away. It’s too bad we had that long caution because I think Ozz could’ve done more with it, but in a limited amount of time he did a great job. The Ford engine was great. The Shank guys did a great job. I think we’re back. I think our luck is changing.”

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