A Difficult Day In Iowa For Andretti Autosport
Andretti Autosport endured a difficult day at the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday. Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda started the race from fifth place on the grid and finished the race in ninth place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
Today was difficult. From the beginning it seemed like we didn’t have the car that we had yesterday. I was really fighting it and we made some improvements throughout the race and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team stuck in there, so big credit to them. Our car was just too far out of the window to start with to be super competitive. I guess the one positive is some guys had a worse day then we did. So, we just have to take what we can get on days like this and look forward to Toronto.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Bryan Herta Autosport Honda started the race from 19th place and finished the race in 16th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
“Even though we weren’t fast last night, I felt a really good car balance – but, that car didn’t come back today. I’m not sure what happened. Our cars need to cope better with track [temperature]. That was one of the longest races for me, but big thanks to the U.S. Concrete guys for hanging in there.
Ryan Hunter Reay who started the race from third place on the grid endured a disappointing race as he had communication issues with the radio not working on his car and he also suffered mechanical issues finishing the race in 19th place and speaking following the race he said:
“We started strong from P3, but then the car started going loose anytime I came off the throttle. We came in a few times to try and find the problem and in the end we had a rear suspension failure – but it was too late, and I had already lost so much ground driving through a half stint with the issue. On top of that, we had radio issues and while I could hear the pit stand and spotter, I couldn’t communicate back to them outside of some radio signals. It was really frustrating and not the day the DHL team was looking for. I think we had a car good enough for the P5-7 range and are a bit disappointed with that to start with. We had higher hopes for Iowa but will move onto Toronto and keep focusing on points.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Relay Group 1001 Honda started the race from 14th place and retired from the race having made contact with the wall at turn 3 and also suffered a fire in the pit-lane during refueling for the second time this season. The American ended the race in 20th place.
Speaking following the race he said:
We had a great first stint with the Relay car – we got up to sixth. Then we came into the pits and had a small fire, just like in Indy. After that, we dropped back outside of the top 10 and fought our way back up. We were getting a ton of pressure from Dixon – who was a lap down at that point, but that’s racing and not his fault – and I was just late in the tire life and got into [Turn] 3 in a little different way and hit a bump. I lost the car, caught it, lost it again and when I caught it the third time, I was already in the marbles and couldn’t turn. I hate it for my crew because they’ve given me cars capable of winning in Texas and here in Iowa, and we worked our way through the filed each time and a small mistake takes it out. I feel like today, I had the car to get the job done, I had the skill and the brain to get the job done and maybe just not the experience. It’s been a string of hard races for us and I hope people see the speed that we’ve shown and understand what’s put us in these situations. The speed is there, we just need a bit of luck and I need to do a little bit better of a job on being a little more patient. It’s all learning. These are the races that stick with you the most.