Ed Carpenter in the No.20 US Air Force Chevrolet had a disappointing second race in Iowa on Saturday. Starting the race from 14th place he he hit the wall on lap 112 and retired from the race. Carpenter’s next race will be the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Augst 23.
Speaking following the race Carpenter said:
I caught a group of guys that were stacked up two-wide in front of me. I had Charlie (Kimball) on the inside, and I just went into Turn 1 a little too hard. I got more understeer than I thought, got up into the marbles and couldn’t get it back. I am so disappointed that I made that mistake. The U.S. Air Force Chevrolet was really hooked up tonight. We struggled so much last night but felt like we really showed something tonight. I’m not sure what hurts worst, the poor performance last night or messing up a good result tonight. On to the next one.
Rinus Veekay in the No.21 Sonax Chevrolet was in the spare car after his big accident in race one and started the race from 15th he came home in 17th and speaking following the race he said:
Yesterday, the car felt amazing. I could pass whenever I wanted, and tires would stay good for a long time, at least 80 laps. I struggled with that tonight. I just didn’t have the pace to charge through the field. Still, we were doing well, closing back in on the top 10 after a bad start. Then, at the second pit stop, the car got down on the ground with three wheels on it. We had trouble restarting the car and lost about three laps. That was a bummer. We are very unlucky at the moment, but let’s hope it will switch around soon. Mid-Ohio is coming up soon, and that’s been a good track for me. I’ve won races and had a very good test with ECR last year, so I can’t wait to try again there.”