Fontana, Calif. (31 August 2014) – The Verizon IndyCar Series staged its season-finale race at Auto Club Speedway Saturday night under the lights as the 2014 championship came to a close in Fontana, California.
For Justin Wilson and his Dale Coyne Racing team, the 500-mile race was a challenging one as the squad chased the balance of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda throughout the event which ran at a furious pace. With just one sole caution period, the race set a record for the most consecutive green flag laps in a 500 mile race.
Wilson opened the race from the eighth row and ran as high as third in the MAVTV 500 event. He and his Dale Coyne Racing team worked to improve the Boy Scouts of America machine through several long green flag stints. He sat a lap down in 19th position when the full course caution was displayed on Lap 176. While the leaders pitted, Wilson stayed out and returned to the lead lap. He then took to pit road under the caution for routine service. But when he returned to the track, a vibration on the No. 19 car presented itself so Wilson returned to the pit box for routine service under the yellow.
Wilson restarted 15th in the order and raced his way up to take 13th at the checkered flag.
“It wasn’t the easiest of nights for me and the Boy Scouts of America car,” said Wilson of the season-finale event. “I just didn’t have the pace to keep up during the first stint and I fell back quite a bit. After our first stop the car was better balanced. We were just hoping for a caution so we could get back up into contention and gain some track position. When the yellow came out, we got back on the lead lap but I had lost the pace and fell back again after the restart. The balance was really all over the place from stop to stop tonight and it cost us from fighting for a top-10 finish. The team did a good job and really tried everything in their power to give me a competitive car but it just wasn’t meant to be tonight. Congratulations to Will Power on winning the championship. After so many years of finishing runner-up, it’s great to see him win the championship.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series will celebrate the 2014 season with its annual championship banquet Sunday evening at 7:00 PM at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.