MON­TOYA VIC­TO­RI­OUS FOR PENSKE SQUAD Chilton strug­gles on Indycar bap­tism

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Good­wood this week­end, p29

Max Chilton en­dured a dif­fi­cult Indycar de­but at St Peters­burg last week­end, in­clud­ing hav­ing to duck a fly­ing end­plate.

The de­bris hit the front of his car be­fore al­most strik­ing his hel­met, lead­ing the ex-f1 racer to speak out against the amount of loose car­bon­fi­bre dur­ing the race.

“I wasn’t im­pressed by this, put it that way,” Chilton said. “There was way too much car­bon fly­ing around for the amount of im­pacts. It was a lot. I was lucky but I don’t like it how you have to use the word lucky in this type of rac­ing.”

The Bri­ton started 16th and fin­ished 17th af­ter de­bris clogged up his ra­di­a­tor, but claimed he had the pace to fin­ish in the top 10.

“It was two races,” said the Chip Ganassi Rac­ing driver. “The first half of the race I was one of the 10 best cars on the track, no prob­lem. We were fly­ing for­ward with re­ally good pace and sav­ing fuel while run­ning the same pace as ev­ery­one else up to P10 com­fort­ably.

“Then the en­gine over­heated with the de­bris in the ducts and had a long pit­stop to clear out the ducts. First half I think we were on tar­get for a top 10. I’m happy but the re­sult doesn’t show how good we were.”

Chilton made progress

MARCH 16 2016

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