Rossi On The Podium In Pocono

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Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Military to Motorsports Curb Honda for Andretti Autosport had a fantastic race at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.

Rossi who startes the race from eighth place ran up front all day and was a contender for the win but lost out in the end to Team Penske’s Will Power and Josef Newgarden finishing the race in third place.

Rossi who was the highest placed Honda driver commented following the race saying:

“The Military to Motorsports Car was great all day. The NAPA Know How crew was stellar all day. It’s a really good result, but when you come so close to a win, it’s sometimes difficult to swallow. We know these Honda engines have something for the competition, but the fuel mixture knob came off my steering wheel about two-thirds of the way through, so we didn’t have full power there at the end. Looking back to where we were at Pocono last year, when we had a strong car and didn’t finish, and to come back to be on the podium is a testament to Andretti Autosport, the entire team and the work that they’ve done all year.”

Ryan Hunter Reay was back in the No.28 DHL Honda following his heavy crash during qualifying and had a fantastic race running up front just like Rossi but had to settle for an 8th place finish.

Speaking following the race he commented by saying:

’ve been through 500 miles plenty of times, but I’m just beat after this one. It was a great run though, we started with a lot of downforce since we started at the back of the field. Because we didn’t have a final practice or warmup after Qualifying, it took a while to get the balance of the car right. We started really slicing our way through it and I thought ‘Hey, we really have something here,’ – we were leading at halfway. I thought it was going to be a good end to the race, but we just didn’t get enough downforce out of [the car]. I was getting big runs on guys, but just couldn’t complete it. But I’m really happy to just get back in the car today and put the effort forward. We put on a good showing for DHL and for the fans out here, and that’s important. It was a test today; it was a mental test, no doubt, and a physical one as well. I was really glad to roll back into pit lane after the race and see the crew here with smiles on their faces.”

Marco Andretti who started the race from 16th place led briefly before falling back to finish the event just outside the top ten in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda.

Speaking following the race Andretti said:

’ve been through 500 miles plenty of times, but I’m just beat after this one. It was a great run though, we started with a lot of downforce since we started at the back of the field. Because we didn’t have a final practice or warmup after Qualifying, it took a while to get the balance of the car right. We started really slicing our way through it and I thought ‘Hey, we really have something here,’ – we were leading at halfway. I thought it was going to be a good end to the race, but we just didn’t get enough downforce out of [the car]. I was getting big runs on guys, but just couldn’t complete it. But I’m really happy to just get back in the car today and put the effort forward. We put on a good showing for DHL and for the fans out here, and that’s important. It was a test today; it was a mental test, no doubt, and a physical one as well. I was really glad to roll back into pit lane after the race and see the crew here with smiles on their faces.”

It was a disappointing race for pole sitter Takuma Sato in the No.26 Expedite Home Loans Honda as the Indianapolis 500 winner finished the event in 13th and speaking following the race he said:

“It was a tough race. Up through Qualifying, it was a fantastic weekend. The 26 boys and the Expedite Home Loans car worked extremely well – outstanding job to the crew. It was a great feeling to put the car on the pole here in Pocono. I always look forward to this race; it’s always an exciting race. Today we struggled a lot. It’s a shame we finished in 13th from where we started, but that’s racing. We need to understand what happened and hopefully we have a strong race next weekend.”

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