Post-Race Report: Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway


Lilly Diabetes 250

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015

Race Highlights:

Blake Koch qualified 21st for the Lilly Diabetes 250, followed by Cale Conley in 25th, David Starr in 27th and Eric McClure in 32nd.

The 250-lap race included three cautions for 16 laps and eight lead changes among six drivers.

Cale Conley finished the 250-lap race 21st, followed by Eric McClure in 29th, David Starr in 36th and Blake Koch in 37th.

Cale Conley Finishes 21st in the Lilly Diabetes 250

Cale Conley and the No. 14 IAVA team headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with high hopes. It was the rookie’s first time competing at the famed Brickyard. Conley qualified his Toyota Camry in the 25th position and spent the first half of the Lilly Diabetes 250 steadily moving through the field. By Lap 50 of the 100-lap event, Conley had broken into the Top 20. Unfortunately, Conley lost a lap to the leaders and was unable to regain it, finishing the event in the 21st position.

Start- 25th         Finish- 21st       Laps Led- 0      Points- 23 points                       

Driver QUOTE: “I feel so honored to say I have raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And it was such a pleasure having a group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans share this experience with me. Unfortunately, the car just lacked speed and we couldn’t get the finish we hoped for.”

Eric McClure Finishes 29th in the Lilly Diabetes 250

The 4th Annual Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway started off with a hurdle for Eric McClure and the Reynolds Wrap® team. Starting from the 32nd position, McClure knew he had some ground to make up at a track that way not necessarily “passing friendly”. As the field took the green, McClure radioed that his Camry was experiencing a tight condition and slipped two spots to 34th by lap eight. An early caution on lap 12 helped McClure’s team try and aid the right handling with a chassis adjustment. McClure’s pit crew helped him make up grounds on track, as he restarted 24th. The Reynolds Wrap® crew continued to work through the remaining two cautions and a green flag stop on lap 62 to earn a 29th place finish.

Start- 32nd    Finish- 29th       Laps Led -0      Points15 points                             

Driver QUOTE: “It was tough ending to the day. Started out ok then battled some issues rest of the race. We were on the verge of overheating with grass on grill and had to hit pit road, which cost us a lap and some spots. I lost radio clarity in the last part of race and just tried to get out of way. I didn’t have my best day in the car but guys worked hard and our pit stops were good.”

David Starr Finishes 36th in the Lilly Diabetes 250

David Starr in the No. 44 Zachry/Hard Hat Heroes ( Toyota Camry, qualified 27th for the Lilly Diabetes 250 XFINITY race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With an early in the race caution, on lap 12, Starr radioed the car was “not bad”. Crew Chief Greg Conner called the Zachry Camry to pit road for four tires and fuel. At the green flag restart, Starr was scored in the 26th position. On lap 23 of the 250-lap race, Starr was involved in an accident and sustained heavy damage to the right side of the No. 44 Zachry Camry. The team made every effort to repair the car in hopes rejoining the field, but it was ultimately determined the damage was too extensive and the Zachry team ended the day 36th.

Start- 27th        Finish- 36th      Laps Led- 0     Points- 8 points                                        

Driver QUOTE: “Frustrating day for our Zachry/BYF Hard Hat Heroes Camry. I was looking forward to running the race, our car was getting better and moving up through the field. Unfortunately, we got caught up in a wreck that ended our day early”.

Blake Koch Finishes 37th in the Lilly Diabetes 250

Blake Koch and the No. 8 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camry started the Lilly Diabetes 250 from the 21st position on Saturday afternoon. Early into the race, Koch reported that his Camry was tight into the entrance of turn one. The team came to pit road on lap 14 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. On lap 23, Koch was involved in a wreck, which ended his day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Start -21st        Finish- 37th     Laps Led- 0      Points- 7 points                          

Driver QUOTE: “This was a disappointing way to end my first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. My team worked hard this weekend to get a great Camry together. We had good speed in practice and qualified 21st. It was a good weekend, with a bad ending. We will move on to Iowa next weekend, in hopes for a better finish.”


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