INDIANAPOLIS May 28—Carlos Munoz had a long day in the office but his teammate Conor Daly wished his day lasted longer in the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.
Starting 24th, Munoz was 19th by the end of the first lap and appeared to be charging to the front in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet. However, 10 laps into his run, he started to fade. It was a scenario that would repeat itself throughout the race.
The team made the changes they could on the pit stops—adjusting tire pressures, front wings and rear wings—all of which seemed to help for a little while. By mid-stint however, the gains he made early on did not last. That said, the 25-year-old avoided the carnage that characterized the race and brought the car home in 10th.
“A really tough race, it was a really long race for me if I’m honest,” Munoz said. “I just
hung in with the car. We had no sign of this happening because on Friday [final practice] we did long runs and it was pretty good. Today we just lost the car completely. At the start of the race it was pretty good because I was heading to the front and on each restart it was good but it seemed that after 10 laps, we just dropped like a stone. We don’t know why. We still finished 10th--I think it is the best result for the team in the 500 in a long time even though we struggled a lot. We just have to figure out what was going on.”