Andretti Autosport Reviews The Iowa Corn 300

Andretti Autosport Sheild
Andretti Autosport
RACE REPORT
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
IOWA CORN 300
RACE REPORT
07.09.17
Next weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series will head north of the border to visit the Streets of Toronto for 85-laps of racing on Canadian soil. The green flag will wave Sunday at 3:47 p.m. ET with live broadcast live on NBC Sports.
No. 28 DHL HONDA
  • Started 15th // Finished 3rd
  • Championship 14th (245 pts.)
  • Marks the fifth-podium finish of Hunter-Reay’s 10 career starts at Iowa Speedway and the 37th podium of his career
“That was a tough drive. We just made the car better and better through the whole race and I wasn’t really happy with the car at all. I have to give big credit to my team and my engineer, Ray Gosselin, for putting the right setup on the car. We finally got it to where I like it – some remanences of the past. A little more straight-line speed and we could’ve given these guys a run for their money. Congratulations to Helio [Castroneves] – it’s great to see him win again. He’s been right there knocking on the door for so long. Hats off to the No. 28 DHL team and thank you to all the Iowa fans, we love coming here! Hopefully we can come back here at night some time, because that is my favorite.”
No. 98 ShopAndretti.com / CURB HONDA
  • Started 12th // Finished 11th
  • Championship 9th (290 pts.)
  • Suffered through balance and grip issues after running as high as 10th
“For most of the race we were trying to tune in and get the car drivable which we were able to do by the end. The last stint was the only time I felt comfortable in the car all day. It’s unfortunate because I thought we had a really good race car through this weekend, but the temperature caught us by surprise and I don’t think we accounted enough for the effect it had on the car. Congrats to Ryan [Hunter-Reay] for getting on the podium and being where he should be.”
No. 26 #CheckIt4Andretti HONDA
  • Started 5th // Finished 16th
  • Championship 7th (337 pts.)
  • Earned 14 championship points after today’s 300-lap race
” It was a tough race. We had a great qualifying and the start [of the race] was pretty exciting. I was able to hold a good position. The car was working well, and then about halfway through the stint I started to lose balance and grip and was gradually losing position. By the third stint, we saw something strange with our right-rear tire, it was behaving unusual – the tire pressure never came up. We were so loose that we had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop, which put me down two laps because immediately after we pitted, there was a yellow flag – very, very unfortunate timing. The rest of the race I was trying to un-lap myself and it was a tough one. It is a shame after we had a great start. It’s not ideal to finish like this, but hopefully we can be strong in Toronto and collect more points.”
No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA
  • Started 20th // Finished 17th
  • Championship 15th (236 pts.)
  • Was credited with leading seven laps through pit sequencing and now sits just three laps shy of 1,000 career laps led
“We got derailed in qualifying and started our race from behind.  We could never really gain track position and took a gamble and pitted just before the red flag.  If we would have had a yellow we would have been looking good. It was worth the gamble and only cost us two positions. Throughout the whole day, we just never had the track position we needed.”

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

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