Hunter Reay Secures A Podium Finish For Andretti Autosport At Indianapolis
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from eighth place and came through the field to finish the event on the podium in third place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Pretty solid day. We’ve had a lot of bad luck this year and it’s been frustrating, but we kept our heads down and it feels nice to come onto the podium here before we kick off the most important few weeks of our careers and our whole season. It’s nice to get the yellow and red DHL colors back here and close to the top step of the podium. We’re saving that (top step) for the (Indianapolis) 500, I guess.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda started the race from ninth place and finished the event in eighth having run in the top six during the event and speaking following the Grand Prix he commented by saying:
We had a really good start, but we chose the wrong downforce level – that was pretty big penalty for us until we got it balanced out on the last stint. But by that point it was too late to run up the charts. It’s great for the team though that Ryan (Hunter-Ready) is on the podium and that the NAPA team was able to score another top 10. Now we shift our focus to defending our title at the (Indianapolis) 500.
Takuma Sato started the race from last on the grid in 22nd place and finished the race in 12th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
First of all, congrats to Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and the DHL crew on the outstanding podium. We had a difficult weekend, starting with a little issue and having to start at the back of the grid today – but the No. 26 crew did a great job to recover. The last stop was a little long and we need to review that. Otherwise, it was a tough race, but I think we fought back quite strongly. We’ve got good momentum for the Indianapolis 500, and I’m looking forward to starting practice on Monday.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda started the race in 11th place and finished the event in 16th place, speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Wasn’t the way I would have liked to have started the race. I knocked into TK (Kanaan) and it was an uphill battle from there. I feel sorry for TK and my UFD guys, I ruined both our races. I was looking in my mirror and got tagged by Ed Jones and then got into TK. I got the penalty (for avoidable contact) and just drove as hard as I could the rest of the race.