NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Alexander Rossi collected a second-consecutive victory today, taking the twin checkers at Pocono Raceway and narrowing the championship points gap to leader Scott Dixon.
The 500-Mile race saw an extended red flag period after just six laps of competition for a multi-car incident that ended the day for 2015 race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The accident, which involved contact between the No. 28 and the No. 6 car of Robert Wickens resulted in damage to the catch fence which needed to be repaired before racing could resume. Wickens was transported to the Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown with orthopedic injuries and remains under evaluation.
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“We came out in some traffic and it was really hard to be behind cars for some reason today. The No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda was better than everyone else, so it was an exceptional day but right now Rob [Wickens] and James [Hinchcliffe] and Ryan [Hunter-Reay] and everyone involved in that incident has our thoughts. It’s tough to really celebrate after what happened.
I really have to thank the team. I have amazing teammates. Zach [Veach] and Marco [Andretti] really helped me there in traffic so I owe them a beer or a case of beer! I’ve just been leaning on Ryan and Michael [Andretti] and Bryan [Herta] ever since day one to help me overcome the challenge that is superspeedways. You can’t do any of this without an amazing team, so I am very thankful to be on Andretti Autosport and have this great group of people. It’s a special day today. We’re going to try and win a championship. We’re executing like we need to do on Sundays and we’ll do everything we can to keep that rolling. There’s no time to rest now as we’re in Gateway next weekend.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!