You would think that with one of the wider pit roads on the NASCAR circuit, there’d be little chance of an incident between cars at Pocono Raceway.
Not so during Sunday’s Pocono 400.
Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Chevrolet were trying to exit his pit stall on Lap 74, when he made contact with the No. 9 Ford of Marcos Ambrose, who was attempting to get into his pit stall, two spots ahead of Johnson’s.
Instead, Ambrose spun Johnson’s car – ironically enough, into Ambrose’s pit stall.
Johnson’s car got the worst of the incident, suffering damage to the right front end. Ambrose’s left front damage was not as bad.
After pushing his car back to its pit stall, Johnson’s team did minimal repair on the pit stop, not wanting to keep him in the pits any longer than needed. But Johnson is back on the track and has complained that the front end is out of whack.
Johnson brought the car back into the pits for further repairs on Lap 81 when Dave Blaney spun, bringing out another caution.
Ambrose was able to continue on and doesn’t appear to be adversely affected by the incident.
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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
- 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
- 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish
For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.
Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.
The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.
Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.
View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.