Difficult Day for Germán Quiroga and the No. 77 Team at Pocono
Germán Quiroga and the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra team arrived to Pocono Raceway with high expectations of coming home with the checkered flag. Quiroga finished third in his career-first race there in 2013, and he was eager to improve upon that result. As soon as he hit the track on Friday morning for the first practice session however, he knew they didn't have the set up they needed in order to be competitive. The team worked hard all weekend to make the necessary changes to the yellow and black Toyota Tundra, and after posting a 24th-place qualifying lap, the No. 77 crew made additional adjustments needed prior to the start of the race. As soon as the green flag dropped Quiroga quickly began to make his way through the field. The Mexico City native steadily gained spots, and after breaking into the top 15 he made a scheduled pit stop for fuel, four tires, and wedge and track bar adjustments. This gave Quiroga the stability he needed, and he continued to fight his way forward, running as high as fourth. With six laps remaining in the 60-lap event, Quiroga and another competitor made contact while battling for position, requiring him to bring the OtterBox Toyota Tundra to pit road for repairs. The team worked diligently to get the No. 77 truck back in the race. He returned to the field with three laps to go, but was involved in an incident with the same competitor, bringing out the final caution of the day. Quiroga made his way back down pit road so the team could repair the damage and help him finish the race. He made his way back onto the race track for a green-white-checkered finish and completed the event in the 22nd position.
Start - 24
Finish - 22
Driver Point Position - 6
Laps Led - 0
Germán Quiroga Quote:
"We definitely struggled at Pocono (Raceway) today. We could tell as soon as we hit the track that we didn't' have our OtterBox Toyota Tundra the way we needed it. The team decided to abort qualifying and we made the needed changes before the race. Unfortunately our challenges didn't end there, and we weren't able to get the result we wanted. We have half a season left and we're going to refocus and continue to fight for the championship."
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