A Solid Race For Rossi
Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda started Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from eighth place and ended the race in fifth place.
Speaking following the day’s action he said:
The red (Firestone alternate) tires were definitely a step better – just disappointing that we really didn’t find this out until the race, but that is a topic for another day. A good job by the No. 27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys and we will take a top five. We are still looking for a podium, but we are sure it is around the corner. We started eighth, finished fifth. We didn’t really have a car to fight for the win, which was disappointing. We need to get our game together and regroup for Long Beach next weekend.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from 11th and finished the race in eighth place and speaking following the race he said:
We soldiered on today. Went from 11th to eighth. I really think that was about all we had considering the tire strategy that the others had with newer reds (Firestone alternate tires) at the end of the race. We’ll take our eighth place and move on.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda started the race from 23rd place on the grid and came through the field to finish the event in 12th place.
Speaking following the race he said:
Overall from where we started (P23), I think it was a pretty good day. This weekend was a bit of a mess on my part, I was just pushing a little too hard when we had the speed to begin with. We were able to pull things around in the race, which I am thankful for. I can’t thank my crew and everyone at Gainbridge enough for making this happen. I feel like we finally started to get our feet back under us in the middle of the race, so I am hoping that carries over into Long Beach and we can get back to where we are supposed to be.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda started the race from 13th and finished the race in 14th and speaking following the race he said:
Today felt like one of my longest days. We were struggling with both ends (of the car) for grip and just sliding everywhere. It was really, really tough behind the wheel. That was the hardest fought 14th (place) ever. We are barely hanging on in the top 10 in points, but we need a big turnaround next weekend in Long Beach.”