Cole Whitt was back behind the wheel of the No. 44 Takagi Tankless Water Heaters Camry Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a two week hiatus, Whitt quickly got back in the groove as he took to the historical 2.5-mile track for the 2nd Annual Indiana 250. Whitt started the event 22nd and was quick to gain positions during the 250-mile race. Battling as high as 15th, Whitt raced hard in the final laps finishing 17th.
The California native made his second start at the Brickyard and raced in the top-20 for most of the 100 lap event. Loose conditions plagued the Takagi Tankless Water Heaters Camry at the start of the race. Strategy and track position are key when racing at Indy.
At lap 25 Whitt and Crew Chief Randy Cox decided to make a green flag pit stop. After making the necessary adjustments to tighten-up Whitt's Toyota, he sped back to the track claiming the 23rd position. Half-way through the event Whitt found a balance in his race car and made a charge for the top-15. Whitt raced three-wide on the final lapsbringing his Takagi Tankless Water Heaters Toyota home in 17th.
"I can't thank my sponsor Takagi enough for their support this past weekend," said Whitt. "Track position at Indy is very important; once we found a balance in the race car it was too late to make up many positions."
Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the seventh race for Whitt with TriStar Motorsports. Whitt's 17th place finish helped boost the No. 44 team one spot to the 20th position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner Points Standings. This weekend Whitt will make his fourth series start at Iowa Speedway for Saturday's US Cellular 250.