P2 finish, mechanical issue mark Ming’s day in Mexico
Guyana’s Calvin Ming recorded a P2 finish on Sunday in the F4 NACAM Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, but suffered mechanical issues in his final race of the weekend. The grid positions for starting race two are determined by reversing the first five positions from race one, which placed Ming in P5. He had won race one on Saturday after starting back of the grid.
On Sunday, Ming got off to a good start and managed to move up to P2 by the end of the first lap. He encountered some difficulty with gear changing, but managed to hold on to finish the race in P2.
The starting positions for race three are determined by the second fastest qualifying times. Because Ming could not participate in the qualifying session he again had to start from the back of the grid. Immediately after the race started the gear selection issue became a major problem, causing him to return to the paddock at the end of lap two.
However, according to reports, it could not be rectified, so the technician manually put it into fifth gear and sent him back out so that he could complete the race and get the points for finishing rather than a zero score for a DNF. He drove the remainder of the race in fifth gear only.
Ming will return to Miami on Monday, before heading out on Wednesday to Indianapolis for the next round of the USF2000 series.