MONTOYA VICTORIOUS FOR PENSKE SQUAD Chilton struggles on Indycar baptism
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.”