Gabby Chaves was back behind the wheel in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda for Dale Coyne Racing in Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Chaves restarted the race from sixth place having made his way through the field in the opening part of the race in June from last on the grid. Chaves ended the race in 14th place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton.
Speaking following the race, Chaves commented by saying:
It was an entertaining race. We were not optimal for the conditions tonight. We had really put everything in the car set up for the day race we had over two months ago, and with the cooler temperatures here at night it didn’t suit us and it kind of went more towards the other cars on the grid. We knew that. We knew that on restarts we’d be sitting ducks and we just had to hang on as hard as we could. We tried to for a while. I thought we had a pretty decent race car, hanging in the top six in the first stint. But then the balance was a little off, a little loose, and we just kind of fought that all night. Obviously not ideal, especially in such a close and tough race like we have here in Texas.
Conor Daly didn’t take part in the race following his accident in June’s race in Texas and speaking about the accident which came on lap 42 in June he commented by saying:
I was the rookie to make the mistake. The car was really consistent. It was fantastic and we were making great progress. I didn’t expect that slide at all. We were consistently running and all of a sudden the rear (tires) just totally lost grip. I felt like I floated all the way through the corner. It was all my mistake. I should have recognized it but it was definitely a rookie mistake. I was trying to stay a little bit lower because I knew Josef (Newgarden) was coming. Maybe by pinching it a little bit, I just put too much load on the right rear. While the car was quite good I was on the edge in (turn) three and four all the time.
Daly will return to the cock-pit of the No.18 Jonathan Bryd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group Honda next weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen.