Spare a thought for Katherine Legge, whose what-might-have-been race was the only disappointment in her team’s best-ever race weekend.
Although her 11th place was an improvement on recent races – the previous one at Road America ended in a fireball during refuelling – it was a long way short of the top-six finish Dale Coyne Racing thinks she might have achieved had she not hit a curb and damaged her car mid-way through the race.
Buoyed by Bruno Junqueira’s second place – the highest any of Dale Coyne’s cars has finished in the 24 years he’s been sending them out to race – the team was happy to take the positives from her performance, praising her for driving a “great race” and nursing a damaged car home without being lapped.
She said: “We should have finished in the top six in the race today, but I made a mistake and hit a curb which did some damage to the car. I think that if we don’t make any mistakes next week and do better in qualifying we should have a good result next race.
“We were disappointed with our result today because we had a really good car. But, overall, I’m happy with my performance and look forward to Assen next weekend. The positive thing is that we have a good car going into Assen next weekend.”