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SPORT NEWS – One lane or two at Gateway? Wait and see…

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One lane or two at Gateway? Wait and see…


Whereas Workforce Penske’s Will Energy was adamant previous to qualifying {that a} second lane might — and may — open up on Worldwide Know-how Raceway at Gateway for Saturday night time’s Bommarito Auto Group 500, he didn’t get a number of help for his view. “Completely not,” declared Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi of prospects for two-lane racing, and whereas the highest two qualifiers had been somewhat extra hopeful Energy is likely to be proper, they weren’t relying on it.

“I don’t know. I imply, final yr was clearly very a lot of a battle to cross,” famous second-starting Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing. “I feel it put a number of emphasis on qualifying and observe place. I don’t assume it’s going to be very, very completely different. I feel the package deal we’ve makes it very troublesome to be flat in your line in (Turns) three and 4, and subsequently when you get some soiled air, it’s inconceivable to be flat. So constructing the run from out of 1, 2, to again round is simply onerous.

“Final yr we noticed a number of differing methods with some gasoline saving and issues, which positively combined issues up and opened some alternatives for passing. So hey, if it’s a really static race, beginning second, I feel I’ll be all proper with that.”

             <h2 class="related__header">Extra IndyCar!</h2><a category="block block--related" href="https://racer.com/2019/08/23/daly-tops-dramatic-final-gateway-practice/?utm_source=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=recirc-auto-related" data-track="-in-article-related-auto"><h2 class="block__title">Daly tops dramatic last Gateway apply</h2><h2 class="block__title">Newgarden saves finest for final to take Gateway pole</h2><h2 class="block__title">Andretti closing in on fifth full-time entry</h2></apart> <p>Polesitter Josef Newgarden is aware of firsthand that making a transfer at Gateway can require some additional risk-taking, having needed to push proper to the sting to make a successful cross on Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud right here two years in the past and incomes the Frenchman’s ire within the course of. The championship chief acknowledged such a transfer is likely to be mandatory once more — and indicated he wouldn’t draw back from it whether it is.</p> <div id="attachment_203712" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-203712" data-attachment-id="203712" data-permalink="https://racer.com/2019/08/24/one-lane-or-two-at-gateway-wait-and-see/08-27-pagenaud-newgarden-wheeltowheel-stl/" data-orig-file="https://racerdigital.recordsdata.wordpress.com/2019/08/08-27-pagenaud-newgarden-wheeltowheel-stl.jpg" data-orig-size="940,564" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit score":"","digital camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="08-27-Pagenaud-Newgarden-WheelToWheel-STL" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://racerdigital.recordsdata.wordpress.com/2019/08/08-27-pagenaud-newgarden-wheeltowheel-stl.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://racerdigital.recordsdata.wordpress.com/2019/08/08-27-pagenaud-newgarden-wheeltowheel-stl.jpg?w=940" class="size-full wp-image-203712" src="https://automobilnews.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SPORT-NEWS-One-lane-or-two-at-Gateway-Wait.jpg" alt="" /><p id="caption-attachment-203712" class="wp-caption-text">Pagenaud (left) and Newgarden went wheel-to-wheel for the win at Gateway in 2017.</p></div> <p>“It’s doable. You already know, this place might breed it. We’ve seen it. Possibly it is going to repeat; I don’t know,” he mentioned of 2017’s bump-and-run with Pagenaud. “Hopefully not. Hopefully we’re up the highway and no one has bought to fret about that. However this place, as a result of the straightaways are simply lengthy sufficient, I feel it invitations somewhat bit extra of that late transfer. You noticed final yr, too, each transfer is late. You’re type of late into Flip 1, and it’s simply the fashion of racing right here. So I feel everybody type of is aware of the drill after a pair runs.</p> <p>“It’s actually going to be type of right down to, is it completely different than final yr so far as lane utilization. We had been type of pinned on one lane final yr, which hurts the racing, sadly. However can we open that up this yr, will we get a second lane? That’s what we have to work out tonight. I'll say, although, I feel there’s extra grip than final yr. I feel Firestone has introduced a bit grippier package deal. It simply feels somewhat simpler to drive.”</p> <p>Newgarden added that he expects grip ranges to climb when the temperatures drop as night time descends, though how important that can be stays an unknown.</p> <p>“Final yr we didn’t change a lot from daylight to nighttime. I feel it will depend on the automobile, however for us we had been fairly constant,” he mentioned. “Grip comes up. We bought faster within the race, and you are feeling somewhat bit comfier as you get in the direction of the tip of it. It was already getting that approach in qualifying. I felt just like the grip had come up, other than the Flip 1, Flip 2 fast dry that was down there. That made it somewhat bit trickier. However as soon as that will get run off, I feel you’re going to have extra grip than we’ve had. So (Turns) three and 4, it’s very doable we would get flat in the direction of the tip of the night time. We’ll see. However I simply don’t know. I feel temperature-wise it’ll be good for the followers. However racing-wise we don’t know but.</p> <p>“Hopefully we’ve bought somewhat bit extra means to cross. That’s the purpose for everyone. However we simply don’t have solutions on that but.”</p> <p> </p>
SPORT NEWS – One lane or two at Gateway? Wait and see…
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