I ran into Tyler McQuarrie just after he failed to qualify this weekend and he said one thing to me, “I never thought once this weekend… I am going to have to [try hard to] qualify.” His reference was that his Chevrolet Camaro was running great all weekend and he was on track to finish off his season in top form. After demos, testing, and all of Friday practice the Camaro felt better than ever.
When he took off down the straightaway on his first qualifying run his ignition wire came lose resulting in the car not providing constant power and resulting in run not fit for qualifying. His second run after the rain and driver in front of him going off course resulted in a horrible pavement surface and the car just kept gripping up he told me. Just a horrible result to a season where he just cannot seem to catch a break.
The one upside for Tyler McQuarrie is that Irwindale Speedway is his stomping grounds where he has performed at a top level on several occasions in years past. I am sure he will be driving with something to prove to his fans, sponsors, and himself to finish off the 2013 season.