Mid-Race Battery Issue Sours Strong Day for Poole
February 22, 2016
By Chip Ganassi Racing
The NASCAR XFINITY Series kicked off the 2016 season on Saturday afternoon at the newly remodeled Daytona International Speedway (DIS). 2016 XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of Year Contender Brennan Poole wheeled the new No. 48 DC Solar Chevy Camaro for the 120-lap race. It marked the first time since 2008 that Chip Ganassi Racing fielded entries in the XFINITY Series. Poole started 13th and worked with veteran XFINITY Series crew chief Chad Norris for the first time on Saturday.
Following an early caution period, Poole began working his way towards the front. The young driver received slight right rear fender damage after being spun on the lap 13 accident that involved seven cars.
After going back to green, Poole drove quickly into the top-five where he spent the majority of the day. With less than 40 laps to go, Poole reported battery issues and was forced to make an unscheduled stop to replace it, losing three laps in the process. Once returning to the track, Poole brought the car home in 27th place.
Daytona Beach, FL – Feb 20, 2016: Kyle Larson (42) brings his race car in for service during the PowerShares QQQ 300 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- Saturday was Poole’s second career start in the XFINITY Series at DIS
- The race was slowed by four cautions for 17 laps
Brennan Poole – No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro – “We had an awesome DC Solar Chevy. We were able to race to the front pretty quickly and run in the top-five. Unfortunately bad luck bit us with the battery issue. Big thanks to (Crew Chief) Chad (Norris) and the guys for changing the battery as fast as possible. I am really encouraged by the way the team performed this weekend and look forward to next week’s race in Atlanta.”
Results (with starting position) from the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS)
P1 (19) Chase Elliott, No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro
P2 (8) Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford
P3 (15) Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro
P27 (13) Brennan Poole, No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will move to the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 for the Heads Up Georgia 250. FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90 and PRN Radio will have live coverage beginning at 1 pm ET.
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 170 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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