Team Penske’s reigning champion was late moving into his #12 Chevrolet-powered automotive when he misplaced his common earbuds and was then horrified to find that his spare set wasn’t in his helmet bag both.
Somebody needed to run to his RV within the paddock to get them, which delayed Energy from moving into the automotive. His late departure from pitlane meant he needed to drive flat-out to meet up with the pack after which overtake nearly all of the sector to take up his P7 beginning spot.
That meant he couldn’t run his first stint so long as he wished to and subsequently he misplaced out to people who used the highly effective overcut on the opening spherical of pitstops.
“It was not an excellent day, kinda had to make use of quite a lot of gasoline after I obtained into the automotive late,” stated Energy. “That stopped us going an additional lap [before the first pitstop] and misplaced us quite a lot of positions in that sequence. So went from one thing like third to 10th or 11th.
“Freaked out [about] virtually not beginning, usually we have now a spare pair of earbuds within the [helmet] bag, for some cause they have been gone. The primaries, as a result of we completed qualifying late I went again to the bus to do an look, they have been within the bus.
“Yeah, simply not a very good state of affairs. I’m going to have about 5 spare pairs any longer! I used to be freaking out, man, any longer we have been going a lap down and the entire day is ruined by not having any earbuds, so a very good lesson there.”
The compromised technique meant that he slumped to 10th place, shedding spots to race-winner Kyle Kirkwood, team-mate Josef Newgarden, Marcus Ericsson (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Christian Lundgaard (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) who all began behind him.
“It was pretty much as good as we may do at the moment,” he rued. “Simply that little bit of technique stuff meant it was a kind of days.”