Andretti Autosport Reviews Their Phoenix Race

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Andretti Autosport
RACE REPORT
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY PHOENIX GRAND PRIX
RACE REPORT
04.29.17

The sun has set on 250 laps of twilight racing at Phoenix International Raceway as Round 4 of Verizon IndyCar Series competition comes to a close. The day ended early for all four Andretti drivers, when contact forced each to retire before the checkers.

The series next heads to home ground as the legendary Month of May steps into full swing. Andretti Autosport will next take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the INDYCAR Grand Prix followed by the 101st Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

No. 28 DHL HONDA
  • Started 12 // Finished 13
  • Championship: Ninth (82 pts)
  • Picked off three cars on the first restart and ran as high as eighth before retiring early due to contact
“It’s very frustrating. I couldn’t do anything with the car all day. I love short ovals and it’s just really frustrating. The DHL car had a great start – we got by a bunch of guys and then we got a puncture, or whatever. It’s just the way it’s been. Dixon was coming up behind me there, stuck his nose in – I was afraid I’d turn across, and I should’ve just turned across, anyway I got out into the grey and two guys got by me. Then I got down into Turn 1 and the car wouldn’t turn at all. I don’t know. It was a really wild ride in that thing today, it was way too complicated behind the steering wheel.”
No. 98 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT / CURB HONDA
  • Started 15 // Finished 15
  • Championship: 12th (75 pts)
  • Ran as high as seventh before making contact with the wall, ending his day
“Everything was fine, I came out of the pits on new tires and everything was status quo until the weight went out on the wheel and the front grip went away. I brushed the wall and we came back into the pits to see what was going on and unfortunately couldn’t fix it. We don’t really know what happened. We were having a decent race until then, we were running consistently in the top 10, staying with the Ganassi cars. I don’t really know what to say, I’m just not really sure what happened.”
No. 26 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA
  • Started 18 // Finished 16
  • Championship: 11 (79 pts)
  • After running as high as sixth, brushed the wall on Lap 132 forcing early retirement for the No. 26 team
“Tough race. We were struggling with pace at the beginning and after the second pit stop, the second lap out, the car just wouldn’t turn and I got wide in Turn 3. I went into the grey and never came back and brushed the wall. It’s disappointing to finish the day like this but hopefully we’ll have a good test next week in Gateway.”
No. 27 OBERTO / CIRCLE K HONDA
  • Started 9 // Finished 18
  • Championship: 19 (57 pts)
  • Collected by a 5-car incident on Lap 1, ending the No. 27 car’s day
“I think we were all just trying to miss Mikhail (Aleshin). He just sort of lost it and I didn’t know which way to go. I spun to actually try to miss him, kept it off the wall and then because of my smoke, he couldn’t see and then Graham (Rahal) ended up getting into me. It’s just a bummer.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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