(Indianapolis, Indiana – July 24, 2016) Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team had high hopes going into Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. When the checkered flag fell on the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200, Kurzejewski finished 16th due to battery issues late in the event.
Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania placed 10th and eighth on the practice speed charts during the two practice sessions on Friday morning.
“We worked a lot on getting our Ansell-Menards Toyota to rotate the center of the corner a little better in both practice sessions,” Kurzejewski stated.
Following his qualifying run, Kurzejewski said, “The car was really loose for qualifying, that’s typically not a bad thing but I didn’t want to take any chances, qualifying 13th wasn’t what we were hoping for.”
When the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 took the green flag on Friday night under the lights, Kurzejewski quickly made his way inside the top-10. The team took advantage of a lap-66 caution to pit for two fresh General Tires and adjustments.
“The car was a little loose on the first run there, I struggled to get the car down to the bottom to run where everyone else was running,” continued Kurzejewski.
As the race continued, Kurzejewski battled for the 10th position while he tried to get back on the lead lap.
A caution at lap 135 gave the No.52 team the opportunity to put on four more tires and give it a shot to get back inside the top-10. With just under 20 laps to go, the Ansell-Menards Toyota began having battery issues causing a significant loss in power. The team pitted under a green flag to replace the battery and got Kurzejewski back out to finish 16th.
“Once I got the car on the bottom of the race track we had a good handling car. Got us behind the eight ball early in the race and just never got the opportunity to make that up. This team has no quit in them and we will continue to work and bring better racecars to the track each week.”
Next up for Kurzejewski is the ModSpace 150 on Friday, July 29 at Pocono International Raceway.