Alternator Issue Spoils David Levine’s Debut At Lucas Oil Raceway
David Levine, driver of the No. 59 Lira Motorsports ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Ford Fusion, recorded a 22nd place finish in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday. An alternator issue led to multiple pit stops late in the race, ending David’s bid for a top ten finish at the 0.686-mile Indianapolis track.
“We lost the alternator a few laps into the race. Nothing we could do to fix it other than change the battery, which we had to do a few times,” David commented after the race. “I raced without any fans for most of the race, and with no gauges for many laps as well. My Crew Chief Sam Schram and the 59 team would not give up though, and we made it to the checkered flag. At the end of the day, that was a tough way to get taken out of contention with a very competitive car.”
David began the race from the 13th position, and immediately raced his Momo / Ford Performance / TraqGear Ford into the top ten, where he ran until the first time the crew changed the battery out on lap 85 of the 200 lap race. He managed to stay in the top fifteen for the next 80 laps, but lost several positions in the closing laps of the race when he was forced to make several pit stops to keep the car running.
The finish did not affect David’s position in the ARCA Racing Series national driver points standings, where he is ranked 5th. It also did not change his position as the leader in the ARCA Series Scott Rookie Challenge standings.
“On to Pocono next weekend to try and claw back some of the points we lost today. We learned a lot at Pocono in June, and ended the weekend with an 8th place finish and Rookie of the Race honors. Hopefully we can build off that, and put this behind us.”
The ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st at 3:15pm with live TV coverage on Fox Sports 2.