Andretti Autosport Did Not Fair Well In The Kohler Grand Prix

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Andretti Autosport
RACE REPORT
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
RACE REPORT
06.25.17

Heading into the KOHLER Grand Prix with strong cars, the Andretti quartet was confident in bringing home solid results. Unfortunately, the luck did not play in the team’s favor during the 55-lap race.

The team will take a weekend off to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends before heading to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 300. Tune into NBC Sports on Sunday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET for live race coverage.

No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / CURB HONDA
  • Started 15th // Finished 13th
  • Championship 9th (271 pts.)
  • Ran consistently in the top 10 on a four-stop strategy and raced through front wing damage to finish out the race
“We had a really strong race car. We could’ve been fighting for a top-five finish this afternoon. I think we started with a good strategy, going for a four-stop race after starting 15th, but it all caught up to us on that first yellow. Luckily, we had already gained track position and speed running on open track. We had an issue with our front wing, which ironically or not, is the same issue we finished the race with here last year, so we definitely need to figure out exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
No. 28 DHL HONDA
  • Started 12th // Finished 14th
  • Championship 15th (210 pts.)
  • Ran solidly in the top 10 before contact damaged the front wing with three laps to go
“We had a tough day. In the end we had a good car, we were moving forward, passing for sixth with three laps to go. Charlie [Kimball] made a late block and took off my front wing. I had a good race going until Charlie moved out late like that, it’s just really unfortunate. I’m happy to switch gears to Iowa where we’ve put our DHL machine on the top step three times. I’m ready for a fourth win.”
No. 27 #CheckIt4Andretti HONDA
  • Started 8th // Finished 18th
  • Championship 13th (222 pts.)
  • Suffered through throttle issues and a pit lane speed limiter malfunction that resulted in the loss of a lap
“It was a rough day for us.  We started eighth, but ran into throttle problems. We went off track on the first stint because the throttle stuck wide open. We came into the pits to try to fix it and got hit with a pit lane speed violation because my pit lane limiter wasn’t working. We still weren’t getting full throttle – I was barely hitting sixth gear. It’s hard to race that way, especially at a track like this.”
No. 26 #CheckIt4Andretti HONDA
  • Started 20th // Finished 19th
  • Championship 4th (323 pts.)
  • Missed this morning’s warm-up session due to neck pain; Went a lap down after an incident in Turn 11
“It was a tough weekend and tough race. I injured my neck during practice Saturday morning. We started in the back row, tried to make a push up, but I caught an accident. The engine was stalled and I wasn’t sure if we could continue but the safety crew came and fired up the engine so I came back to the pit, buckled again and I was able to keep going. In the end we made a finish, but we need a better weekend. Iowa is next and we will be ready.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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