‘Lack of respect’ results in pit lane scuffle
Daniel Suarez (picture above) and Michael McDowell received right into a confrontation on pit street following the Friday afternoon first spherical of qualifying at ISM Raceway.
Crew members separated the 2 after Suarez walked all the way down to McDowell’s pit stall because the latter climbed from his automotive. The 2 grabbed one another with Suarez shoving McDowell to the bottom. Suarez was then pushed onto the hood of the No. 34 Ford by a crew member, whereas McDowell was restrained by one other.
Moments later, although, the 2 have been seen having an apparently civil dialog.
Suarez mentioned the incident resulted from a ‘lack of respect’ proven on the racetrack.
“Observe place may be very massive. You must qualify effectively to have a superb stall on pit street and clearly to have a superb … race,” he mentioned. “The race is lengthy so you possibly can nearly overcome that, however … it was only a lack of respect: Everybody right here within the storage is aware of the second lap is the great one. You must attempt to get out of the best way if any individual is approaching the recent lap. He didn’t.
“He killed me in a single nook. I believed he was going to get out of the best way within the second nook, and he didn’t, and I nearly wrecked him. After which he was upset as a result of I used to be making an attempt to wreck him afterward.”
McDowell: “Simply miscommunication on the race monitor.” Picture by Jarrett/LAT
Mentioned McDowell, “Simply miscommunication on the race monitor. All of us type of waited till the top, after which simply had numerous site visitors, so it was simply unlucky. He was upset that I held him up on his good lap, after which he tried to crash us, and I didn’t admire it.”
McDowell mentioned the 2 would speak issues over earlier than Sunday’s race and it was only a heat-of-the-moment incident.
McDowell certified 27th and Suarez 28th for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500.