Alexander Rossi Pit Penalty Ate His Lunch At Indy

No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS /

AUTONATION HONDA
STARTED 9th // FINISHED 27th
CHAMPIONSHIP: 14th (130 pts.)


OF NOTE:

Led 17 laps, over the course of Laps 102-123 // Was moved to the rear of the field following a penalty for an unsafe release from his pit box during a pit stop on Lap 131 // Made contact with the outside wall on Lap 144 exiting Turn 2 ending the day early for the No. 27 team

“Up front, the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Andretti Honda was awesome. I thought we had the car to win, and had we stayed up front we could have made a run for it. But, because of a pit lane penalty that we still don’t fully understand, we didn’t get to stay up front. We shouldn’t have been in a position to have to run in the back. There was a lot of dirty air back there and we just lost it. Not how we were hoping to see today go.”

After nearly three months delayed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Indianapolis Motor Speedway came alive Sunday with the roar of 33 engines. For the first time in the track’s 109-year history, no spectators were in attendance for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge. Andretti Autosport fielded six entries for today’s 500-mile race, the most of any team in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES paddock.

For the first time, three generations of the Andretti family led the 33-car field to the green flag with Mario Andretti driving his son, Michael, in the Honda Fastest Seat in Sports followed by grandson and pole sitter, Marco. After a hard fought 200 laps, the Andretti Autosport stable took the checkered with five drivers inside the top 15 during a Honda-dominated Indy 500.

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

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