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Speedy Delivery at the Brickyard
Posted by: newsla on Aug 06, 2014 - 06:28 AM
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Speedy Delivery at the Brickyard


Ups and downs, highs and lows, were aplenty last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Dan Clarke. A team penalty for a pit-stop infringement ultimately cost the No.12 Isringhausen Bodymotion entry a valued top10 placing. But it wasn't entirely a Debbie-Downer moment for the Englishman-turned-Hoosier.

 

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"Yes we were all disappointed to have to lose a whole minute with a pit-stop penalty. But that's racing and safety is important. I actually feel happy to have been part of the Bodymotion team and race the 911 here at Indy, my home, against some top sportscar competition." Clarke said.

"This was my first time driving this car, I had to learn quickly yesterday, but I had a great teammate in veteran Shane Lewis. He qualified the car 9th in class out of 24. I was able to quickly see how this car likes to be driven and, after the first session, he was even happy for me to drive the 2nd stint in the car on race day. So immediately we were a great pairing and that's what you need for sportscar success.

"As soon as I jumped in the car I had to come back around into the pits for our refuelling-related penalty. It was frustrating, but with 90 minutes left there was still a lot for me to accomplish. Driving back from 30th to 12th by the end was hugely satisfying for me. I've been trying very hard to get in this series for the past two years and to gain an opportunity like this to show the teams I can jump in a car and be as fast as my extremely accomplished team-mate was a box ticked for me.

"It's a shame we won't be able to compete together again this weekend at Road America, the series' next event. I wish the team all the best in the future. I'm happy I was able to bring the car home completely unscathed, run consistent fast lap-times, and even pass the lead Porsche in the final laps to come home top Porsche for the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge series. Now I also know how these Continental Tires like to be driven and 'hangin it out' in the 997 GTS up to the Indy Speedway concrete walls was a hugely satisfying experience. There's a lot of races in the sportscar industry and now all the teams out there are able to see I can jump in a new machine and quickly do the job required of me. I'm confident for the future in this type of racing and grateful to the Bodymotion and Isringhausen team for this opportunity and Shane Lewis for all his support and guidance."

Online viewers can watch live test sessions and the race at www.IMSA.com. And Television viewers can catch numerous replays on Fox Sports 1 beginning August 3rd.


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