Right Turn Ahead
June 19, 2007
Right Turn Ahead
Furniture Row Racing heads to wine country in Sonoma, CA to tackle Infineon Raceway this weekend in the Car of Tomorrow. Sunday’s event at Infineon is the first COT race at a road course. Infiineron Raceway features twelve turns on a 1.99-mile track.
The #78 team and driver Kenny Wallace will first have to deal with qualifying. Several teams outside the top 35 in owner’s points have hired road course specialists to attempt to secure a starting position in the race. However, despite the “hired guns” the #78 team is geared up for the challenge and ready to go.
During the race, the team will not only have to contend with the field of 43 competitors, but elevation changes, sharp turns, dips, and hills throughout the race. Tune into TNT this Sunday to catch all of the action.
Furniture Row Racing is moving forward after engine failure prohibited them from qualifying last weekend at Michigan. General Manager, Joe Garone explains the situation.
“At the start of qualifying practice, Kenny wasn’t as fast as he need to be to make the race. However, by the end of the practice session, we felt the car was good enough to run a competitive lap time. Armed with new tires and 5 minutes left in practice, he ran the same lap time as he did with older tires. This didn’t make sense but we couldn’t find any problems with the car. During our qualifying attempt, Kenny was pulling onto the track and while shifting into third gear the engine let loose putting a short end to our weekend. Apparently, the engine started to break on the last practice run and finally failed on his qualifying attempt.”