Charlie Kimball did not even get to complete one lap in Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as a result of contact with Will Power.
Starting seventh, Kimball had Power on his trail, with the pair bouncing off each other through turns two and three. Going into four, Power dove underneath his rival but wasn’t clear as contact resulted. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver carried on down the course a little, before pulling off and done for the event.
“To say I am frustrated with how today’s race went is an understatement,” Kimball said. “I thought I was clear of the 12, but I obviously wasn’t. He turned me and put me in the wall pretty heavy. I am really disappointed for the guys – they worked so hard to get the car to a good place for today’s race. The No. 83 Tresiba Honda was fast, and I thought we had a lot of potential for a solid result in today’s race.”
Power got restarted and was able to continue, eventually finishing the event in 13th.
“It was a tough day for the No. 12 Verizon Chevy,” Power said. “We were caught up in an incident early in the race, and I feel like it really ruined my day. It was an awful situation to be put in since we had nowhere to go when we made contact with the wall. Still, we battled. I’m really proud of my guys for working as hard as they did to try and come back from the incident but we couldn’t. We’re ready to head to Barber and get another chance to perform well.”
For both, it marks the second straight rough race as they finished 18th and 19th in St. Petersburg last month.
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