While the focus has been on Andretti Autosport and the win in the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Team Moore Racing teammates are also happy about their results at the Sukup 100 at Iowa Speedway last Saturday night in the Firestone Indy Lights division.
Gustavo Yacaman scored his best career finish of second after starting on the front row.
“This was the hardest frigging race I’ve ever driven, so close on so many occasions,” Yacaman said. “Between Bryan (Clauson) and I, a fly couldn’t be able to be there. We were running so close.
The second place finish marks his first Podium finish since Toronto last year where he finished third. The race wasn’t easy, though, for Yacaman after having to survive an early race incident with pole sitter Esteban Guerrieri, which almost sent him into the turn three wall.
“I was either going to go for the lead or go for the wall,” Yacaman said. “I told everyone on the team I wasn’t going to lift. You know, I didn’t lift. That’s what happened. I’m sure next time he’ll give me a little bit more space, maybe a foot or two instead of just chopping me right off. He knows I’m not afraid of taking both of us out. It’s how it works. You know, you’ve got to earn your respect. That’s what I did.
“Yeah, it was a lot of risk, but hey, it paid off. I’m pretty sure not even just on ovals but also on road courses he’s going to know I’m there and I’m not going to lift, and we’re not here to make friends, we’re not here to be careful. This is racing, and like they say, rubbing is racing, right?”
Guerrieri wasn’t as luck as he had to retire with damage several laps later.
For Yacaman, he says the thanks goes to his crew, and also team owner Mark Moore, who is working as the team’s engineer/strategist also.
“It was a pretty tight finish, and I really want to thank Mark (Moore),” Yacaman said. “We worked so hard. We’ve had a strong car so many times, but it’s really good to capitalize on that equipment he’s given me. We’ve just had so much bad luck at Indy, Barber. Long Beach was all right, but we want more, we want podiums, we want race wins. I’m working really hard with the team, and here we are, first podium, and I’m going to keep working just as hard to keep them coming.”
Meanwhile, Victor Garcia finished fourth in the race, despite starting at the back of the pack due to a fuel pump issue. The finish for Garcia also allowed him to move back up to third in the championship standings.
“We knew we had a car capable of being at the top but (in qualifying) we had a fuel pump problem,” Garcia said. “My team was telling me to relax and go faster and faster each lap. At the end I was catching people and overtaking.”
“I’m really happy for the team after they worked so late (June 24),” he added. “I have to thank everyone for all the hard work they did. I’m really happy because we are third in the championship now.”