Tony Stewart’s triumphant come back to Daytona International Speedway hit an obstacle Saturday evening when the Hendrick Motorsports motor in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet let go halfway as the second progressed round of Daytona 500 practice.
Furthermore he was not alone.
Stewart’s was the second Hendrick motor disappointment throughout the session, as Bobby Labonte’s Phoenix Racing auto endured a comparative issue. Also only minutes after Stewart’s powerplant blew, his SHR partner Danica Patrick additionally lost a motor.
Since each of the three drivers had what NASCAR termed “unapproved” motor progressions, Stewart, Patrick and Labonte will all need to drop to the back of the field preceding the begin of the Daytona 500 and will start the race at the once more of the pack.
Stewart said he was astounded by the motor disappointment.
“It wasn’t anything that we knew was a cautioning,” Stewart said. “It recently happened all on the double. The great thing is we have a ton of profundity at Hendrick and the engine that they’ll put in for tomorrow will be as great as this one.”
Stewart said he wasn’t concerned in regards to how his auto might perform for Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday.
“We’ve just got a make a little run tomorrow, so I’m extremely certain,” said Stewart.
Hendrick Motorsports official VP and general administrator Doug Duchardt said the group had the motors were set to the edge of their abilities for qualifying.
“In all cases we’re attempting to the best we can for qualifying tomorrow for those two laps,” said Duchardt. “We’ve worked through that process. Clearly, we’ve been pushing the point of confinement and discovered the utmost there. We have a feeling that we comprehend what’s going on. … The drivers have been steady. It has a craving for something in the base close of the motors.”
Duchardt said the group is not stressed over solidness issues for the Speedweeks races going ahead. “For this evening and whatever is left of the week, when we head off to race, we don’t generally have any concerns.”Watch♯Live Streaming Daytona 500 2014