DETROIT —The stars of Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix were the ABC Supply crews that worked hard and fast to put the No. 14 back together after an unfortunate crash in qualifying this morning.
“The ABC Supply crew did a great job to get the car repaired and race ready. It was a full team effort. Both crews were helping to get that car done in time,” said Larry Foyt, team president.
Carlos Munoz started last in the 22-car field and climbed through the field to finish 11th. The team gave him solid pit stops throughout the 70-lap race around the 2.35-mile temporary circuit on Belle Isle.
“First off I want to say thank you to our ABC Supply crew,” Munoz said. “I think they did a really good job to fix the car from qualifying to the race. They had to change the engine and rebuild almost half the car so a big thanks to them. It would have been nice to be in the top-10 but I think from where we started 22nd to finish 11th wasn’t bad. To get a good strategy today was really tough because there were no yellows at all so we couldn’t do any strategy. But I think we were more competitive this weekend so that’s positive.”
Conor Daly posted his best qualifying effort of the year to start 10th, which matches his best career start at Detroit. Daly spent most of the race in the top-10, running as high as seventh. He too had no issues with pit stops during this race—an important factor since all the stops were under green flag conditions.
The race was green until lap 67 when James Hinchcliffe stopped on track and then Spencer Pigot blew his engine, spewing liquid on the track. Officials stopped the race while the track was cleaned up and the decision set up a three-lap shootout.
On the restart, Daly, who restarted 9th, was