Coimbatore: A back-of-the-pack start did not deter India's Narain Karthikeyan as he finished a creditable 17th in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 third NASCAR Truck Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the United States last weekend.
During the practice session, Narain's No. 60 Chevy Silverado truck blew an engine forcing him to start the race from the back of the field as mandated by NASCAR rules (changing an engine before qualifying necessitates the participant start from the back).
“This has been a tough week for Narain and the crew,” said Miguel Abaroa, Starbeast Motorsports Team owner. “While testing on Wednesday we had a wreck that damaged the truck and cut our practice time short. Then a blown engine during practice again caused us to lose valuable time on the track. It felt like we were making this race harder and harder on ourselves,” he added.
With only two races under his belt in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, logging laps and completing each race is the team's top priority. The Coimbatore-based driver had finished an impressive 13th in his debut race at the Martinsville Speedway, Virginia, and fared poorly getting only to complete seven laps in his second race at the Kansas Speedway.
“We are running 10 races this year at 10 different tracks.
“Each one teaches me something new and prepares me for the next one.
“Kansas was a 1.5 mile similar to Charlotte, so not getting any seat time there was a tough break,” said Narain.
“The goal for the Charlotte race was a simple one, make it to the end. And, I feel very good about the outcome,” he said.