Andretti Autosport Recaps Their IndyCar Grand Prix Results

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Andretti Autosport
RACE REPORT
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
INDYCAR GRAND PRIX
RACE REPORT
05.13.17

The green flag waved in the Indianapolis air and the field of 22 took to the 2.439-mile road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The caution-free 85-lap race saw many position battles and impressive passes, as Ryan Hunter-Reay climbed five positions to claim his first podium of the season and second INDYCAR Grand Prix podium-finish.

No packing up is required as the teams transition the cars from road course setup to the oval configurations, preparing for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. The rookies hit the track first Monday morning for Rookie Orientation and the veterans join Monday afternoon to take Opening Day into full swing.

No. 28 DHL HONDA
  • Started 8 // Finished 3
  • Championship: Eighth (117 pts)
  • Collected his 100th career top-10 finish while earning the team’s first podium of the season
“Pretty solid day. We’ve had a lot of bad luck this year and it’s been frustrating, but we kept our heads down and it feels nice to come onto the podium here before we kick off the most important few weeks of our careers and our whole season. It’s nice to get the yellow and red DHL colors back here and close to the top step of the podium. We’re saving that (top step) for the (Indianapolis) 500, I guess.”
No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / CURB HONDA
  • Started 9 // Finished 8
  • Championship: ninth (99 pts)
  • Ran as high as sixth before scoring his second top-10 finish of his sophomore season
“We had a really good start, but we chose the wrong downforce level – that was pretty big penalty for us until we got it balanced out on the last stint. But by that point it was too late to run up the charts. It’s great for the team though that Ryan (Hunter-Ready) is on the podium and that the NAPA team was able to score another top 10. Now we shift our focus to defending our title at the (Indianapolis) 500.”
No. 26 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA
  • Started 22 // Finished 12
  • Championship: 10 (97 pts, tied)
  • Gained 10 positions and climbed one spot in points putting him back into the top 10
“First of all, congrats to Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and the DHL crew on the outstanding podium. We had a difficult weekend, starting with a little issue and having to start at the back of the grid today – but the No. 26 crew did a great job to recover. The last stop was a little long and we need to review that. Otherwise, it was a tough race, but I think we fought back quite strongly. We’ve got good momentum for the Indianapolis 500, and I’m looking forward to starting practice on Monday.”
No. 27 UNITED FIBER & DATA HONDA
  • Started 11 // Finished 16
  • Championship: 18 (71 pts)
  • Made contact on Lap 1 which resulted in a drive-thru penalty for avoidable contact
“Wasn’t the way I would have liked to have started the race. I knocked into TK (Kanaan) and it was an uphill battle from there. I feel sorry for TK and my UFD guys, I ruined both our races. I was looking in my mirror and got tagged by Ed Jones and then got into TK. I got the penalty (for avoidable contact) and just drove as hard as I could the rest of the race.”

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