Andretti Autosport Recaps The Rainguard 600

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Andretti Autosport
The Rainguard 600 at Texas Motor Speedway proved to be a wild night in the west as the field of 22 was whittled down to nine cars running at the finish, and just six of those competitors on the lead lap.
After five straight weekends of on-track activity, our crews now head home again to Indiana to spend Father’s Day weekend with families and friends. Verizon IndyCar Series racing action will resume at Elkhart Lake’s Road America for Round 10 of competition June 25.
Race Notes
  • With just 36 laps complete, the No. 98 of Alexander Rossi made contact in Turn 3 after being squeezed out of a three-wide battle
  • A nine-car incident on Lap 151 retired six cars from competition, including the No. 28 of Ryan Hunter-Reay… All drivers involved were checked, cleared and released from the medical center
  • The 248-lap race was red flagged on Lap 154 while the track was cleared following the multi-car incident
  • Beginning with Lap 159, INDYCAR implemented a schedule of competition yellows – forcing the field in for four tires after every 30 laps of green-flag running
  • The final restart of the race came with 20 laps remaining
  • Takuma Sato collided with the No. 9 car in Turn 1 with five laps remaining in the race… Sato was battling for a top-three finish
  • Marco Andretti was the sole finisher for the Andretti stable of four, coming away with a sixth-place finish
No. 27 #CheckIt4Andretti HONDA
  • Started 15th // Finished 6th
  • Championship 13th (210 pts.)
“It was absolute mayhem – a crapshoot whether you got through it. The good Lord was looking after us probably about 50 times tonight. It was pretty crazy. It was a survival type day, we had a one-lane car so I couldn’t really pass cars. We were fast, but every time I go the run and popped out for the pass, we just lost grip. It was like one-and-a-half lanes out there, the second lane just never came in.”
No. 26 #CheckIt4Andretti HONDA
  • Started 8th // Finished 10th (contact)
  • Championship 3rd (312 pts.)
“It’s disappointing. We had a very good car the second half of the race. It was an unfortunate situation – I had a car in front of me and a car to my right, I got two tires in the grass, bottomed out and there was nowhere for me to go from that. We just ran out of track. All the cars were battling for position and constantly moving. It was an exciting race for sure, and I am disappointed it ended the way it did.”
  • Started 13th // Finished 19th (contact)
  • Championship 14th (194 pts.)
“Yeah, I don’t know what I need to do here to get things right, but we had a good car early on then came in and made a down force adjustment and then I completely missed the compensation on the front wing and then I went straight to the back. We spent the rest of the night trying to claw back, just missing the whole down force front grip equation. We started getting going there, then this deal happened. There were guys making too many moves out there late into the corner, I will save my opinion for after I look at it. I came down, there were cars spinning and sparks everywhere. I went for the apron, I kind of high-sided a bit, and I was just a passenger from there. There was no where to go. You can’t jump all over the brakes from these cars once you are doing 220mph into the corner, there’s not a whole lot of places to go.”
  • Started 3rd // Finished 22nd (contact)
  • Championship 9th (254 pts.)
“Our car started off struggling a little bit but then as the high-line started coming in we were getting better. It’s unfortunate because our car was getting good and the track was coming in and I think it was going to turn out to be a decent night. I went to pass Tony (Kanaan) on the inside of (Turn) 3 and we were three wide… and there are two lanes here but there aren’t three.”

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