No. 29 #SHIFTTOGREEN HONDA
Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
CHAMPIONSHIP–20TH / 194 PTS.
OF NOTE: Brought the No. 29 back to the garage after contact on the opening lap in an attempt to repair the right rear toe link and wishbone, but time did not allow for the 29 to make it back out on track
“I didn’t see anything. I didn’t see it coming. I got into Turn 1 pretty clean, locked up a little bit and managed to avoid Bourdais, but then as I was tying to make the corner I absolutely got cleaned out from [Romain] Grosjean. The rate at which he hit, he wasn’t going to make the corner if there weren’t any cars there so not sure what he was thinking. I’m sure he is just as bummed. It sucks to be out in the first corner like that. I just can’t believe this happened for the third year in a row here at Portland and I haven’t made it past the first two corners. It’s devastating. The Captstone car was actually pretty well-suited for these conditions. I think we were actually going to be in a strong place and had some good strategy options with the distance of the race. It’s the story of our year. I don’t know what we have to do.”
After missing Saturday’s qualifying session due to an unplanned engine change, Ryan Hunter-Reay was forced to start Sunday’s race from the rear. The first lap shuffle worked out in his benefit as he gained 13 positions on the first lap. The 28 team was poised for a top-10 result before an untimely yellow flag shuffled Hunter-Reay back again ultimately bringing home a 15th-place finish. Starting 13th and taking the brunt of the first-lap incident, James Hinchcliffe, suffered unrepairable damage to the No. 29 #ShiftToGreen Honda ending his day before the car was able to finish a lap.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!