No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AUTONATION HONDA
CHAMPIONSHIP–10TH / 299 PTS.
OF NOTE: Captured his first podium of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and 25th of his career
“It was a big fight, for sure. [Palou] did a good job, he didn’t make any mistakes. The [Firestone Alternate] red tires have a peak that’s a little bit better, but they certainly have a bit more fall off, which is what they’re supposed to do. That’s the beauty of INDYCAR racing with the different strategies. I’m glad it ended up sorting itself out after the start, or we all would have looked pretty silly. It’s good to have some luck on our side. Ultimately this is the best result for the NAPA Andretti Honda – it’s just a bummer to come up a bit short of a win.”
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned to Portland International Raceway on Sunday after the 2020 race was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. As the green flag flew for the Grand Prix of Portland, Turns 1 and 2 proved to be action-packed as the caution flag came out immediately for a multi-car incident. Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta were both on the charge on Lap 1 when the yellow came out, but a call by Race Control shuffled the 27 and 26 cars back to the rear of the field for taking a shortcut to avoid the incident. Despite the reorder of the field on Lap 1, Rossi was able to work his way back into the top 10. A speedy pit stop from the NAPA KNOW HOW crew propelled the 27 car into podium position finishing the day in second. Herta captured his sixth top-10 result this season after being dealt a fuel-saving hand throughout the 110-lap event.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!