Rossi Scores Andretti Autosport’s 200th Win
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda secures the team’s 200th victory in all forms of racing.
Rossi took pole position on Saturday and from there on Sunday he took his first win of the season coming home over 20s ahead of Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet for Team Penske.
Speaking following the race he said:
You never think (you’ll dominate the race). We knew it was going to be a really hard-fought battle. The NAPA AUTO PARTS crew gave me such a great race car. This is the 200th win for Andretti Autosport, so what better way to do it than in that type of fashion here at Long Beach (and) here in California. It’s an amazing day. I have a great car and a great crew behind me. I couldn’t do it without them, so hats off to them. This is a special one. I just found out my grandfather died yesterday, so I wanted to dedicate this (win) to him and obviously Michael (Andretti) for 200th win.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda came home in fifth place and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“We had a fuel problem late in the race, and we’re not really sure what happened. (The car) was in emergency mode at the end of the race, just trying to make it home. All in all, it was a disappointing weekend considering the speed we had earlier, but congrats to Alexander (Rossi) on the win and good job to the No. 27 team. We gained a few points and are looking on to Indy.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda was 13th and speaking following the race he said:
We started the day really strong in warmup and we didn’t change anything on the car from warmup to the race, and the car was nothing like this morning. I knew that once it was a fuel saving race that it was going to be hard to make up ground. It was a long day — I can’t wait for May.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda ended the event in 17th place and speaking following the event he said:
Difficult day overall, but that is what to expect after starting 22nd. We charged all the way up to 14th, but we had a fuel miscalculation somehow. I was hitting the (fuel) number they were saying and the team thought we were going to make it to the end. Here and there, it must have got lost in translation because we were about a lap and half short causing us to give up our 14th place — which still isn’t good enough — for 17th. At Barber and here, we passed eight to 12 cars, so if that is starting 12th, then we would be leading the race. We’ve got to look into why qualifying has been such a struggle this year for us. Once we have a good starting place, I think we can prove to people that we know how to race then we can carry it forward from there. Looking ahead, I am excited to get to be back in Indianapolis and be back on an oval where I feel we have a chance to win.”