Franck retires from Sonoma

Published August 24, 2009


I can honestly say that I stayed up to watch the race, and then went to bed once Franck had to retire from the race. How disappointing.

FKM had been involved in an incident on the very first lap, when the cars in front tangled together leaving little space for those behind to squeeze through unscathed. Although he was now running towards the back, miles away from his 8th place starting position, it was still going okay.

Reports came through that he was struggling with the car though, and after another incident and a couple of pit stops, the race ended early for our favourite Frenchman.

Meanwhile, Dario Franchitti took a rather superb flag to flag victory (which I did not stay up to see!)

The AGR report has this snippet from Franck:

I never really had a chance today. We were hit from behind on the very first lap, went into the gravel and that was pretty much the end of our race. We tried a few things as the day went on, but there was not much we could do and I didn’t want to cause problems for the drivers that are competing in the championship fulltime. It was a tough day, for sure.

The entire AGR team had a mixed day, with the other drivers finishing 5th, 8th, 14th and 16th. FKM was the only retiree for the team.

I guess I was hoping he could have got a decent result to open up some paths for the future, but the team did seem impressed with how dedicated he was and how he carried himself through the weekend. Maybe results aren’t everything?

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