EARLY DAMAGE WASHES OUT BLANEY DAY AT INAUGURAL RACE AT COTA

No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Start: 9th
Stage 1: 16th
Stage 2: 19th
Finish: 17th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 54/54
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 7th (-139)

Notes:

  • Ryan Blaney started ninth and finished 17th in a rain race at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday afternoon. Blaney’s BODYARMOR Ford Mustang suffered damage early in the second stage of the race, which put the No. 12 team in a battle for track position for the remainder of the event in the exceptionally challenging conditions.
  • On the second lap of the race, Blaney brought the BODYARMOR Mustang to pit road for Goodyear wet weather tires as rain began to intensify at the very onset of the race. Blaney pitted again under the yellow flag on lap 8 for tires and a significant trackbar adjustment. Blaney reported that the No. 12 Mustang needed to be freed up, but he still managed an 16th-place result in Stage 1.
  • As Stage 2 got underway, Blaney sustained major right rear damage to the No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford when the No. 20 car contacted the Team Penske Mustang under braking. The team made significant repairs to the car and avoided falling a lap down due to the long yellow flag laps. Blaney finished the second stage in the 19th position.
  • In the final stage, Blaney continued trying to work his way forward and he moved inside the top the top 15 he visited pit road for four tires, air pressure and trackbar adjustments. Unfortunately, the race was called at lap 54 for deteriorating conditions and was Blaney was credited with a 17th-place finish.

Quote: “We got damage really early in the race, and there was nothing we could do there. That really cost us our track position and made it an uphill battle for the rest of the race.”

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