Dale Jr., Gordon, others encourage Blaney after Indy letdown
As disappointments in racing go, they don’t get much worse than the one Ryan Blaney experienced in Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway — a track where every driver desperately wants to win.
Afterward, the 21-year-old Team Penske driver (and part-time Sprint Cup driver for the Wood Brothers) put the blame on no one but himself.
"I messed up in (Turn) 2 and he got a run on us, my fault," Blaney said. "Everybody at Team Penske did a great job giving us a good car. We drove from 11th to the lead and the driver gave it away."
Not long after the race ended, several of the Sprint Cup Series’ biggest stars — including Hendrick Motorsports drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, and Blaney’s fellow Team Penske drivers, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano — tried to encourage the downtrodden young driver on Twitter.
I'm sure @Blaney feels awful right now but he's gonna accomplish goals in his career that will soon leave today a very distant memory.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 25, 2015
Wow really feel bad for @Blaney. He drove a great race. Thought he had that one. Tough to beat one of the best out there.
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) July 25, 2015
I'm sick for @Blaney Nice race nonetheless
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 25, 2015
Keep your head up @Blaney. We all lost some. The ones you win will make you forget this one. Can't control some things…
— Joey Logano (@joeylogano) July 25, 2015