The NTT IndyCar Series put on a show with 248 laps of racing under the lights of Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile, high-banked oval saw three caution period – each bringing eye-opening saves, including two spectacular moments for Andretti drivers Zach Veach and Alexander Rossi. In the end it was Alexander Rossi taking the top spot for the team, but only after teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay collected the night’s most laps led. The leader board saw five American drivers in the top five at night’s end, including Rossi and Hunter-Reay.
No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA
STARTED 12th // FINISHED 20th (OUT)
CHAMPIONSHIP: 19th (141 pts.)
Brought out the race’s first yellow on Lap 134 after brushing the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 and spinning on the backstretch before coming to a rest in Turn 3 // After repairs to the right rear tow-link, the 26 car returned to the track on Lap 174 but ultimately retired early, ending the night from pit lane
“The Gainbridge car was great today, I just got caught up in lapped cars that weren’t giving way. I was running seventh and was trying to get around Spencer [Pigot] and another lapped car – they just made it too hard. I came off the bottom of Turn 2 with Spencer and he cut down even further and basically took all the air off my wing. We hit the wall and went for a ride. The crew did a great job to get me back out, but in the end, we just didn’t have anything else to gain. It’s unfortunate but it is what it is, and we’ll look ahead to the next one.”
The teams now depart Texas and head home for the first weekend off since early May. The NTT IndyCar Series returns to action June 23 with the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, live on NBC.
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