Washington: The first Indian to race in the Indy Series, Team Fan Force United`s Armaan Ebrahim finished 12th in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama after being hampered by tyre issues that limited his track time.
Talking over phone on his way to Indiana after the race in Birmingham, Armaan exuded confidence of coming back with a much better performance in the remaining legs of the series which will continue till September.
Starting 12th and finishing on the same position on the challenging Barber Motorsports Park circuit, Armaan`s practice time this week was cut short by thunderstorms on Friday afternoon.
A tyre issue in the Sunday morning warm-up limited his track time again but Armaan and the team, having combed through the data, confidently felt that they had hit on the ideal set-up for the race. That proved to be true as, after his JK Tyre racing machine was forced off the track by a fellow competitor at the start, Armaan recovered, settled in to an impressive rhythm, and within a few laps was posting lap-times equivalent to the leader and eventual race-winner.
Armaan began to make his presence felt among his competitors, prompting thoughts of a top-five finish to better the eighth place finish in his debut race a week ago. But Armaan was forced into the pits for a change to his left-front tyre, thus dashing his hopes of a strong finish.
Nevertheless, returning to the circuit with a fresh tyre, Armaan quickly resumed the pace that had been put on display throughout the middle portion of the race. Disappointed by the result but encouraged by all of the positives that can be taken away from this race weekend, Armaan now turns his attention to the sunny skies of Southern California for Long Beach Grand Prix, only a fortnight from now.
On the eve of the race, the International Practice Group of Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, hosted a reception to honour Armaan, the "Future of Indian Motorsport" in Birmingham which was attended by business and economic development community and attorneys.