William Byron

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Race Report | Indianapolis RC

Race Report | Indianapolis RC

August 1, 2022

WILLIAM BYRON

NO. 24 ACRONIS CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1
RACE REPORT
 
DATE: JULY 31, 2022
TRACK:  INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE
SPECS: 2.439-MILE ROAD COURSE
START: 23rd
FINISH: 31st
RANK: 9th (-235 POINTS)
 
SPEED READ
 
  • After practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Saturday, William Byron went on to secure a 23rd-place starting position for Sunday’s race during qualifying. 
  • Making changes over night to the No.24, Byron was able to power himself to the front of the field, scoring stage points in stage one with a third-place finish, Sticking to their previously determined pit strategy, Byron was still able to make it back to 13th for the end of stage two, setting himself up for the remainder of the race.
  • Despite showing speed all day Sunday in the No. 24 Acronis Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Byron was unfortunately collected in an on-track incident that ultimately ended his day in the 31st position.
  • After the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Byron maintained the ninth position in the driver point standings, 235 points behind the leader.
 
RECAPPING THE RACE
On Saturday, following practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, William Byron qualified 23rd in the No. 24 Acronis Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. However, when the field took the green for Sunday’s race at the historic course, Byron wasted no time working his way through traffic. Liking the handling of his car, Byron was just outside the top-10 running order with 10 laps remaining in the opening stage. While others elected to pit before the end of the stage, crew chief Rudy Fugle made the call for his driver to maintain his track position and finish out the stage. Byron was able to race his way up to the third position by the time the stage came to a close, scoring major stage points. Really liking the handling of his Acronis Chevy, Fugle and Byron made the decision to not pit during the stage break, opting for a two-pit-stop race strategy. 
 
With a few others electing to use the same strategy, Byron restarted second for the start of the second stage. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native continued to maintain his top-two running position through the majority of the stage. However, Fugle called the No. 24 down pit road under green on lap 30 for a scheduled four tire pit stop with fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Returning to the track, Byron was told to go easy on that set of tires and to think about the bigger picture of the race. As the laps wound down in stage two, he was able to climb his way back up to 13th when the green-checkered flag was displayed. In keeping with their previous pit strategy call, Fugle told his driver to remain on track under the stage break, lining himself up in the ninth position for the final leg of the race. 
 
Once again working his way through traffic, Byron reached the fourth position just past the halfway mark of Sunday’s race. As the run went on, Fugle elected for his driver to give up his position on track and make his final green-flag pit stop of the event. Coming down pit road on lap 51, the Acronis team went to work with four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Rejoining the field while other pit strategies continued to play out, Byron made his way back inside the top-five running order before the caution came out on lap 60. Electing not to pit, Byron lined up fourth for the restart. The Charlotte, North Carolina, driver continued his run up front before the yellow flag was once again displayed, this time on lap 76, while Byron was running fifth. Lining up for the ensuing restart with four laps to go, Byron was put three-wide going into turn one and was forced to run over the curb. Looking like he was going to get through an accident up front unscathed, Byron tried to pass a couple cars that were involved on the outside, but ultimately was collected and ended his race early with a 31st-place finish.
 
 
 
THE NEXT RACE
 
TRACK: MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY 
DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2022
TIME: 3:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: USA, SIRIUSXM, MRN