25 July 2011
Not as easy as it looked, says Power
"Everything was looking good and I was comfortable with the pace, said Sato. "But unfortunately Hunter-Reay hit me and damaged my car and put me a lap down. It was a long race after that and very difficult to stay motivated. I feel very bad for all the crew."
"It was totally my fault, and I apologized to Sato," confessed Hunter-Reay. "I apologize to the team too; we had a podium car for sure. But that's me going for it. I'd rather go for it in a race than sit in a line."
James Hinchcliffe got caught out by the fun and games of more experienced drivers behind one of the safety cars: "As everyone was lining up to dive into the pits everybody starting jacking around down at the hairpin, trying to brake-check everyone to get a good run into the pits to create a gap," he said. "But all it does is create an accordion effect. Unfortunately I didn't see it soon enough and got into the back of Danica. Because we are only going 10 mph at that point, as soon as I touched her, the car stalled."
Ana Beatriz was another to have a coming-together out on track. "Unfortunately, I got involved in an incident on the second re-start in turn 5 and broke my nose when we made contact with the right rear of Charlie Kimball's car," she said. "We had to stop to replace the nose and it took forever and the race was still green so we lost a lot of time."
Beatriz finished a very respectable 13th place despite the lengthy stop, two places ahead of Hinchcliffe. Between them in 14th was Marco Andretti, who hadn't been having the best of times at Edmonton.
"It just wasn't our day, we had some problems at the beginning," the Iowa winner explained. "We ended up stopped on the track for a bit and had some problems with the engine cutting out on the front straight. After that cleared we just didn't have the speed we needed and our strategy ended up on the wrong side of a couple yellows. Disappointing, but we'll march forward."
But at least a a few drivers were happy with how the day went - chief among them Britain's Justin Wilson, who has found success hard to come by for Dreyer & Reinbold this season but who rose from a disappointing 15th in qualifying to finish in fifth place by the end.
"I think we had a great race," said Wilson. "The Z-Line Design car was pretty quick and we were trying to pick our way through all the incidents out there and stay out of trouble. We had some good racing with Tony."
Tony Kanaan finished just ahead of Wilson, and - in something of a reversal of fortune on Saturday's qualifying session - was celebrating being the best finisher of the KV Racing Technology stable. "It was a good result, it was a good race and it's great for the [KVRT] crew," he said. "I feel bad for my teammates because I know that all the three KV cars were supposed to be on the top five."
He clearly particularly enjoyed being back up among the front runners where he felt he belonged: "If felt good being out there with those guys, you know, all guys that know what they are doing like Justin, Ryan and Dario. We had some great battles and finishing fourth after starting eleventh and on top of that having a bad pit stop is pretty rewarding, especially considering that I got back to fourth spot in the championship."
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