Thursday, May 30, 2024

RACE NOTES – 107th running of the Indianapolis 500

8: CONOR DALY No. 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet
10: RINUS WEEKAY No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet
20: ED CARPENTER No. 33 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet

NEXT RACE: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, June 4 (NBC, 3 p.m. ET)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, Finished 8th: “We had a great car all month and were very competitive. There were a few things that got in our way. Our car was competitive – we kept going up even if something happened. I liked feeling like we had a shot at it, but hard to attack on the restart. Thanks to the BITNILE.COM team for getting me back on track. Congratulations to Josef (Newgarden) – he is the best representative of INDYCAR and is a well-deserved champion.”

FOR NOTE:

Conor Daly raced in his 10th Indianapolis 500 today, starting 16th. He slipped two spots back at the start but regained one to settle for 17th. Quick work by crew No. 20 BITNILE Chevrolet gained Daly two positions at this first stop. His forward progress continued and after his second pit stop, he was just outside the Top 10.

• At the midpoint of the race, Daly was 10th; from his 4th point, he was in 7th place. A smart strategic call during the second stint to not settle and stay with the leaders all the way, but to solidify a Top 10 finish. However, the closing laps of the race held numerous cautions and red flags . Daly stayed focused until the end and brought home an 8th place finish, his second best Indy 500 finish to date.

RINUS WEEKAY, NO. 21 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

RINUS WEEKAY, No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, Finished 10th: “We did well by saving fuel and with our strategy until the contact in the pit lane. After the penalty we were almost a lap down, but we fought back to eighth until we got stuck in the first corner with people crashing. We came back in tenth place – a step up from last year.”

FOR NOTE:

• Rinus VeeKay started from second position, the third time in three years he took the green flag from the front row. By lap 3, he was leading the Indianapolis 500. For the duration of their first and second seasons, pole-sitter Alex Palou and VeeKay traded the lead.

• After his second stop on lap 64, VeeKay moved up to third. Conserving fuel, he slipped one position to 4th. The first caution of the day brought the entire field out for their third pit stop on lap 94. On the exit, the rear of VeeKay’s car slid and he made contact with Palou. He dropped to 8th, but a penalty for avoidable contact dropped him to the back of the field.

• VeeKay re-entered the race in 28th place, half a lap behind the field on the 2.5-mile oval. VeeKay stayed focused and used the next 97 laps to pull ahead. The last 15 laps of the race were littered with cautions and red flags and VeeKay used every opportunity to his advantage. By the 200th and final lap, VeeKay had climbed all the way back into the Top 10 and finished 10th.

ED CARPENTER, NO. 33 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

ED CARPENTER, no. 33 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, starting on the 13th: “At the end of the day, we had a mistake when we entered the pit lane. It was a strange communication, but I take responsibility for it. I should have done another lap. Then these red flags cause situations and some of these guys are just dumb. Like the incident that ended my day, we were running 18th and weren’t going to win the race. (Christian) Luungard looks stupid. We have to use our heads when the race is so tight and aggressive. Open wheel racing should have a certain level of respect, but we see so much unprofessional racing out there, which is disappointing. But not to be completely miserable, the crowd was great. Well done to Josef (Newgarden) – who is an ECR alum. He will be a great champion. It’s painful to watch someone win this race, but I’m proud of him and Team Chevy. BITNILE.COM Chevys were strong. We got to the front at one point, but we weren’t there when it counted. We will keep coming back.”

FOR NOTE:

This afternoon, Ed Carpenter made his 20th start in the Indianapolis 500. He took the green flag from the inside of row 5 in 13. For the first half of the race, he held a position between 12 and 14. After sliding again in 19th, he elected to make his next pit stop early. The move immediately paid dividends and he was placed in the 7th position.

• Under caution on lap 152, he stopped with everyone on the same strategy. He had cycled back up to 7th place and was running with the race leaders. After his final pit stop on lap 179, he was hit with a penalty for a pit lane speeding violation and dropped to 25th.

• Carpenter’s race ended four laps early after he was involved in a multi-car incident on the restart on lap 196. He was rear-ended and into the inside wall at the front with no chance to avoid . Number 33 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet withdrew from the event and Carpenter was rated 20th.

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