Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Callum Ilott was pretty happy after completing his first NTT IndyCar Series race distance on Sunday at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
The Englishman who is driving the No.77 Chevrolet for the remainder of the season overcame an issue with the car in race day warm up to challenge for a place inside the top ten.
Speaking following the action he said:
“Overall, it was pretty positive, we managed to finish the first race for us. “I want to say a big thanks to the team for getting the car out after the warmup. It was close, but we made it out with the car in one piece. The guys did a great job. We struggled a bit at the start of the race. I was trying to get used to the others and the pace’s degradation. It wasn’t easy, but then I got some clear air and the pace was good. In the end, we were well within, we were fighting for P10 times with those guys on track. We have to work on a few things, pit stops for one. I need to make my marks a bit better and make it easy for the guys. Overall, step by step we are getting there.
Juncos Hollinger Racing Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said,
“I am very pleased with what we were able to accomplish as a team on track this weekend. We made great progress during our pit stops and found the pace we were looking for. Even though our result didn’t show how strong we finished as a team, we made a lot of great steps in the right direction. I want to thank everyone for their hard work to get the car back on track in time for the race. It was close, but these guys made sure we were on the grid in time to take the green. We will now head to Long Beach and prepare for the final race of the season.”