|Elkhart Lake WI|
Road America finally got the best of Junior’s handicap
His broken wrist made it too hard to continue in the Road America Race for Strous.
After Saturday’s Q2 Strous considered withdrawing form the race on Sunday. He was having difficulties with his broken wrist being able to hold on to the car if he pushed for a quick lap. Always a die-hard he resolved to run the warm up and see if the new day made a difference. Adrenaline, plus the encouragement produced by being fastest on the warm up session helped him make the decision to start the race.
Mid way though the race, unannounced, the number sixteen machine came into the pits. Not clear if it was due to the physical pain or for the heart braking decision to stop Junior got out of the car with tears in his eyes.
First thing he did after climbing out of the car was to apologize to all team members for having to stop. The brave Dutchman said that not only he was in too much pain but his broken wrist was creating a dangerous situation for him and possibly others to continue.
It has been a difficult year for Strous. First, a failed sponsorship agreement created a problem that threatened the continuity of the program. With great difficulty and relentless efforts Junior found additional backing from HTP Investments from the Netherlands. The new found support allowed the program to continue although it came just a few days before the first race of the season.
At Las Vegas he drove superbly and brought the car home in sixth place. At the following event at Long Beach he had the accident that caused his wrist to break. Unfortunately, that ended up playing a very negative role on the rest of the 2007 season. A third operation is scheduled to repair the damaged bones in his right wrist. The whole team wishes Junior a fast recovery and it is looking forward to having him back in 2008.