Max Chilton: “Not the way we had hoped the day would go”

Max Chilton took damage early during the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park that compromised his afternoon, meaning the Briton finished twenty-first and last on Sunday.

The former Formula 1 driver lost downforce on his #8 car after contact with another driver at the start of the race, and found himself down on speed compared to his rivals, meaning he was effectively a roadblock in those early laps.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver admitted it was a tough situation for him to be running at the back of the field on Sunday, but kept going despite having little chance of advancing up the order in the closing laps after a second consecutive race weekend without a caution period.

“That’s obviously not the way we had hoped the day would go with the Gallagher car today,” said Chilton. “We had contact at the start of the race, and after the opening laps the car just didn’t have any downforce as a result.

“It was very tough to drive and in that situation you really can’t do anything. We just had to make the best out of a tough situation today.”