Kenseth led 40 laps in total, but
dropped from the lead all the way to
14th after his last-lap slide.
“They don’t get much more crushing
than that,” Kenseth said. “I saw Denny
had the line and I thought he was going
round me if I didn’t block him.
“We’re here to try to win the Daytona
500 and we came up short.”
Kevin Harvick crashed the Toyota party
with fourth place in his Stewart-Haas
Racing Chevy – just days before news
broke that the team will be switching to
Ford in 2017.
While solo spinouts punctuated the
action, the race went “Big One” free, a
rarity for restrictor-plate events.
The “Daytona Rising” grandstand makeover
yielded a sellout of the 101,500 stadium
seats. The old seating arrangement, which
accommodated around 150,000, last sold
out for the Daytona 500 in 2008.
Haas F1 can break the
string of Formula 1
start-up failures, but
Gene Haas and his
U.S.-based team have
maintained a confident
air, to the point of suggesting
scoring points right away is
not out of the question.
Judging by its form in
pre-season testing, that
confidence appears justified.
Romain Grosjean and
teammate Esteban Gutierrez
ran steadily, if not trouble-free
in Barcelona, with Grosjean
second overall on its
third day. The team,
though, was even
happier with its
anticipate we could get all this
running done,” enthused team
principal Gunther Steiner.
“To do a whole race distance
was pretty cool.”
A front wing failure put a
redesign on the to-do list, but
Steiner felt the team was still
on target. “The biggest issue
is to fix it all in time,” he said.
Gene Haas’s new F1 team lands on its feet in testing
HAAS OF A DIFFERENT COLOR
Haas F1’s VF- 16
parts as allowed
in the Formula 1
Timing his move to
was ahead by just
enough when it
Only nine of the first 57
Daytona 500 winners also
took the Cup title the same
year. Can Hamlin be the 10th?
• While its HQ is in
Haas F1’s European
footprint includes a
logistics base in
Banbury, UK; car
design and build at
Dallara in Italy, and
wind tunnel testing
at Ferrari’s facility
• Ferrari parts
Job 1 done
Sum of the parts