Romancini misses podium, but gains ground in points race


It wasn’t the thrilling charge to the podium he recorded at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or the domination he displayed at The Milwaukee Mile, but RLR/Andersen Racing’s Mario Romancini’s move from 13th to fourth in the Miller Lite 100 on June 20 at Iowa Speedway was almost as impressive.

The 21-year-old Brazilian drove the final portion of the race with a broken weightjacker, which prevented him from making the in-cockpit adjustments to his No. 5 Revita/Win Brazil/Allied car during the final 25 laps of the 115-lap/100.625-mile race.

“It was a good race for the championship,” Romancini said. “I had a problem with my weightjacker; it wasn’t working for the last 25 laps or so, which made it very, very difficult. The car had a lot of push and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. I was up to third but then I got blocked by (Daniel) Herrington and then (James) Hinchcliffe and (Ana) Beatriz passed me. There wasn’t anything I could do about it. Still, it was a very, very good result for us, especially with the problem with the weightjacker. ”

Despite missing the podium on a oval for the first time this season. Romancini again won the $1,000 Force For Earth Hard Charger award.

“It is very difficult to pass here,” he said. “I was just trying to take advantage of other people’s mistakes. I was able to pass both on the inside of Turn 1 and to the outside of Turn 3, so that proves I had a good car and we did a good job.”

The strong finish moved Romancini to second place in the championship standings. He trails J.R. Hildebrand 227-211 heading into the Corning 100 on July 4 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

“Now we go to the road courses,” Romancini said. “We’ll continue to work hard. I have to thank the guys. It was not an easy day for us with the problems we had in qualifying, but everybody did a good job. (Sebastian) Saavedra did not have a good race and he was ahead of me in the points, so I am second now. But I am very happy to come from 13th to fourth in this race.”

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