Phil Fogg Jr. finished fifth in Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday after a huge team effort to change the motor in the No. 18 Zoro Racing Porsche. The decision to change the motor, which was made after an electrical gremlin was discovered, was only one hour before the race start.
Zoro Racing put forth a huge effort to make the motor change and get Fogg Jr. on track in time for the race. After 53 minutes of smooth team work in action, Fogg Jr. fired up his motor and headed to the track. Because of the engine swap, he started from pit lane, but powered to a fifth place finish despite having to make a pit stop for a flat tire during the race.
Race 2 on Sunday saw Fogg Jr. start from fifth and finish fifth after a good standing start to the race. But the promise of a podium result faded late when the car lost the handle and Fogg Jr. was moved off the track by an overly ambitious competitor.
Zoro Racing will be back in action in just one week as the Pirelli World Challenge heads to wine country and the Sonoma Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway for a double-header race weekend as part of the big Verizon IndyCar Series season-finale.
The Miller Motorsports Park rounds will be televised on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, August 30, at 2:00 PM ET.
Phil Fogg Jr: “I started from pit lane (because of the pre-race motor change) but luckily there was a full course yellow right out of the gate because that just let me heat my tires up before we actually went racing. Then the Zoro car just was perfect, the best it had been all weekend. I had some really good racing and passing until I got divebombed by another car and I ended up with a flat tire. The Zoro Racing guys were once again just on top of it and got the tire fixed quickly and we got back out of the pits. The car felt good the entire weekend. I’m so proud of this team and the way they turned everything around. It was some of the best teamwork I’ve ever seen in this sport.”
Tyler Tadevic, TruSpeed Autosport Team Owner: “All credit goes to the Zoro Racing guys, and the funny thing is that there was a bunch of help to change the motor from other teams too. I’ve got to give a big shout out to the guys at Ansa Motorsports because they stepped in and helped us out and I’ve got to give a big shout to the guys at Kelly Moss because they stepped in to help us out as well. There were probably eight people at one point all working on that car. It was less than an hour from when we took the motor out to when we put it back in and Phil was taking the green flag. I’m really, really proud to say that was my organization that made that happen. They just did a phenomenal job this weekend and really set themselves apart from the rest of the paddock. It’s not often that the crew gets to be the star but really I think they were the star this weekend. So all in all it was a good weekend. I’m really looking forward to getting to Sonoma and hopefully we can keep up the momentum.”