It Was Really All We Had

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Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda started the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from sixth place on the grid and came home in fifth place just ahead of James Hinchcliffe and just behind Felix Rosenqvist and speaking following the race he said:

“It was really all we had, pretty much where we started. It’s good for points, but it’s disappointing (because) you always come to races wanting a win. It was a good setup in the race, I just think we were one step behind our competition. We found the optimal setup, or at least a car that I was comfortable with, but we need to be a little more on top of it. Nonetheless, a good recovery by the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti Autosport boys.”

It was a disappointing race for Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda who started the race from fifth place as the Andretti Autosport driver suffered a mechanical issue having lost drive on his car and was forced to retire as a result.

Speaking following the race he said:

“It was really all we had, pretty much where we started. It’s good for points, but it’s disappointing (because) you always come to races wanting a win. It was a good setup in the race, I just think we were one step behind our competition. We found the optimal setup, or at least a car that I was comfortable with, but we need to be a little more on top of it. Nonetheless, a good recovery by the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti Autosport boys.”

Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda came home in 13th place just ahead of his team mate Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda and speaking following the race he said:

It was the toughest-fought 13th we’ve had in a while. We had to overcome qualifying and it’s just so hard to pass. You have to be flying in order to overtake. We got some guys but not enough. Then we got the flat tire and that was the nail in the coffin. We had a bit too much understeer for (the Firestone red tire) alternate pace, but the big killer was qualifying and then losing ground to that tire.

Zach Veach said:

Obviously, not the day that we wanted. It just seemed to be a bit of a messy race – not on our part, but in general. We made a change overnight with the car that I think may have made things a little more complicated. We got hit into Turn 1 by (Takuma) Sato at some point and that kind of shuffled us back, and that’s where we ended up running. I feel we did what we could with what we had today. I’m thankful for all the work the guys put in and happy to have the support from Gainbridge here. I’m looking forward to going on to COTA – if you have one bad one a year, we got ours out of the way up front.

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