Results (with starting pos.) for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit
1. (16) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
2. (9) No. 15 Rahal, Honda
3. (8) No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet, (Kanaan)
15. (5) No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet (Briscoe)
1. (3) No. 3 Castroneves, Chevrolet
2. (8) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
3. (20) No. 83 Kimball, Chevrolet
10. (5) No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet (Briscoe)
DETROIT, Mich. (June 2, 2014) –
NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing driver Ryan Briscoe finished 15th and 10th at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit on the Raceway At Belle Isle Park.
The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit marked the first of three doubleheaders on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, where entrants raced in a pair of 70-lap races Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 on the 2.36-mile temporary street circuit.
Dual 1 – Saturday, May 31
Briscoe qualified in a season-best position of fifth for the first leg of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. In an early incident, the field went yellow on lap six of 70 and the No. 8 was sixth on the restart on lap 10. The field went full-course yellow again on lap 16 and the NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing crew performed their first pit stop of the day under yellow on lap 17. On the restart on lap 21, Briscoe was in the 11th position and by lap 36 was running in fourth.
The No. 8 made its second stop of the day under yellow on lap 37 and would be 13th on the restart on lap 45. Briscoe had moved up to the lead position by lap 52 and in a strategy that looked to increase the gap between him and the rest of the field, the No. 8 waited to pit. Before Briscoe could get into pit, the field went yellow on lap 56 and would not go green again until lap 59. The No. 8 still needed to make one more pit stop to finish the race and by doing so on lap 62, Briscoe fell to the 15th position where he would cross the finish line.
With the first race result, Briscoe was 12th in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 137 markers, 151 points behind leader Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Dual 2 – Sunday, June 1
In an identical qualifying attempt, Briscoe started the second leg of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit in the fifth position. The field saw an early yellow on lap one of 70 and Briscoe would be fourth on the restart on lap five. Another full-course yellow on lap 11 allowed the No. 8 to pit for the first time for fuel and tires. The field went green again on lap 15 and Briscoe started in the 16th position on the restart.
By lap 29, Briscoe had moved up to third position and would pit for the second time of the day on lap 30. Running right behind teammate Charlie Kimball, the No. 8 moved its way back up the fifth after the second pit stop of the day. On lap 50, the No. 8 team pitted for the last time and reentered the field in the ninth position. After a late full-course yellow, Briscoe restarted in the 10th position on lap 65 where he would receive the checkered flag five laps later.
With the result, Briscoe is 13th in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 157 markers, 169 points behind leader Will Power.
Chevrolet is leading in the engine manufacturer point standings with 931 points, leading Honda with 713.
Up next for NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing is the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor on Saturday, June 7 (8:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).
- The fifth place qualifying positions in both races are his highest in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Quoteboard
Ryan Briscoe, No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet, Dual 1:
“Today was just a really disappointing day for NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing. We had a good qualifying session this morning and were able to get into fifth to start the race. We worked our way all the way up to first and our gap was big enough that we figured I’d be able to come back out in third. We were literally about to pit when that last yellow came out. Once that happened and the field bunched up again, there was no way I was going to be able to come back out in the top three. We have a great car in the No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet, we just seem to keep running into bad luck. We’ll be ready tomorrow though, especially since we know how good we can be here.”
Ryan Briscoe, No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet, Dual 2:
“We had a great starting position for the second dual but the race just didn’t play out the way we needed it to. I think we pit at the right times and made the best calls we could given the way the yellow flags came out, but that’s just the way it works sometimes. The racing was fast and extremely competitive like it always is and that just goes to show you how difficult it is to be up front here in the IndyCar Series right now.”