Read: Dodging airborne tires is no way to start a season

Indy Lights, Indy Lights bloggers, Lloyd Read, Mazda Road to Indy — By on April 4, 2014 9:18 am

I ran through everything from batteries to suspension arms, but then I saw a bouncing wheel. I ducked to the left, and the next thing I knew the tire hit my front wing, then my nose, traveled inches away from my head and took out my right mirror.

Here’s some on-board video that shows my race start from turn 1 through the incident in turn 3:

I lost a position into turn 4 to Luiz Razia because I simply could not see him, and then I knew it was going to be a tough race. The next 10 laps were the toughest 10 laps I have ever driven.

Eventually, it got so bad that I could no longer hang on. The car snapped violently coming out of turn 14, which I caught and then again, but the rear hit the wall. The suspension was bent and our race was over. I believe that something was coming loose and finally gave way because there is no way a car could degrade that fast over 10 laps.

I’m looking forward to Long Beach, though — I know I can take these guys! We just need the stars to align so that we aren’t stuck fixing little problems. I have confidence that my BHA guys will fix all the tiny issues. (And I hope my engineer isn’t pulling his hair out too much right now!)

Thanks for reading. See you after Long Beach!


Lloyd Read races in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires for Bryan Herta Autosport. Follow him on Twitter at @lloydread16 and on Facebook.


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