Richard Childress Racing
March 26, 2012
Early Exit for Brendan Gaughan at Auto Club Speedway
"I just have to stay focused on the rest of the opportunities that I have at RCR and make sure I take full advantage of them."
Start - 37
Finish - 43
Laps Led - 0
Brendan Gaughan finished 43rd in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway after the engine expired on the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet. Gaughan and the No. 33 team utilized three practice sessions to work on the handling on the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet before the 200-lap affair Sunday. Qualifying the black and gold machine 37th, Gaughan took the green flag under grey skies and quickly reported a problem as he missed a shift at the start. The Las Vegas native radioed to crew chief Gil Martin that his Chevrolet had lost power, and he was coasting around the two-mile race track. Gaughan brought the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino race car to the attention of the pit crew to learn the engine had expired before lap one was completed.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"I appreciate the opportunity Mr. Childress gave me. Unfortunately, I didn't take advantage of it today. I made a mistake on the start and broke the motor. ECR makes phenomenal engines, but you can't expect it to survive a missed shift and handle the high RPMs . I just have to stay focused on the rest of the opportunities that I have at RCR and make sure I take full advantage of them."