Carlin Racing had a solid end to their second season in the NTT IndyCar Series at the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Max Chilton who drives the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet decided to sit out oval races this season competing in just the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 as well as the road and street course events.
Chilton started Sunday’s race from 10th on the grid and came in 13th place and speaking following the action he said:
I felt like I drove a technically perfect race today. I was aggressive off the start and really good around Turn 2. Unfortunately we got sandwiched in (Turn) three, which gave me some damage and I got swamped a little bit. Once the race settled down three or four laps in, I did the best overtake of my life in Turn 5 around the outside of Daly, then we were on good pace and toward the end of the stint, I was able to get Rahal. Unfortunately I think that we pitted too early because then Rahal ended up getting back past us on the stops, which should’ve never happened. After that I was behind too many people and it took all race to get past them. We had one minor issue in the pits as well where we had to wait to come out that cost us some time. I think those things combined cost us a top-10 finish. The good thing is that we showed solid pace all weekend and we can be proud of that heading into next season.
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet started the race from 20th place and came home in 15th place. Speaking following the race he said:
A huge credit to the Carlin guys – they’ve worked so hard all year. Unfortunately we weren’t able to give them a couple of top-10 finishes to close out the season, which are the results that they deserve with all of the effort they put in week in and week out. It was a hard race. The tires degraded as we expected. I think not everyone knew what tire to be on between the Firestone alternate and primary tires, which created some really good racing. The guys did a great job in pit lane and I’m proud to be able to bring it home in 15th after starting 20th , especially with some of the on-track battles I had. I’m just really proud of the (No.) 23 crew. Everyone at Carlin works so hard from management to engineering to business ops and especially the mechanics.”
Max Chilton has confirmed that he is working on a plan for 2020 that will include the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. It is unclear what Charlie Kimball’s plans are for next season but as we know Paddock Eye will bring you updates.