Andretti Autosport had a great opening race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix as Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from fifth place and finished on the podium in second behind race winner Scott Dixon. Speaking following the race he said:
I was doing qualifying laps out there the whole time. It was physical, just trying to qualify every single lap. Then at the end, with the restarts, my rhythm was kind of thrown off. I had trouble getting the tires clean, and kind of let (Scott) Dixon slip away. I thought, the first couple laps after the green came out on the restart, I had something for him, but I just couldn’t keep the mid-corner speed on the far end of the track to keep up with him and get close enough for the pass. Good job by the No. 28 DHL boys today in the pit lane again. They did an awesome job in Indy and again today, just phenomenal. We just came up a bit short today for the win, but we’ll take a podium.
Championship leader Alexander Rossi in the No.27 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda ended the race in third place having started the race from fourth place and goes into tomorrow’s second race in Detroit with a four point lead in the championship.
Speaking following the race, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
It’s great for Andretti Autosport to finish 2-3-4, it’s great for the team. I think the No. 27 Ruoff Home Mortgage car had the capability to win, but for whatever reason, after pit stops, we just kept coming out behind a slower car and weren’t able to maximize clean air and fresh tire pace. With that being said, when the last restart happened, I knew we didn’t have the pace for the top two, so sometimes you’ve just got to be content with third. It’s great to be back on the podium, it’s great for the team after a very long month of May.
Pole sitter Marco Andretti in the No.98 AutoNation Honda for Bryan Herta Autosport finished the race in fourth place and speaking following the race he said:
“I guess you gotta be happy right? This AutoNation car was a machine and I really think it deserved a podium today. But, you know, we went backwards and that’s not what we wanted to do. You hate to go backwards. We definitely wanted another trophy, I haven’t had a podium in awhile and that’s been getting to me, let alone the win. We’ll do some homework tonight on how we can improve on the race today and do better tomorrow. We want to get the pole and win tomorrow.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Relay/Group 1001 Honda started the race from 16th place and finished the race in 12th place and speaking following the race he said:
“I thought we had a really good qualifying car. I think we should have qualified inside the top six, but I just didn’t do the job I needed to during qualifying. I think our car is good, there’s just a couple things I need to improve on tomorrow. Overall – for learning – I think today was very good for us. Obviously 12th isn’t where we want to be finishing races, but for our first race here, I don’t think it’s terrible. Congratulations to my teammates, they’ve done a hell of a good job all weekend, so far. They’re paving the way for me and I’m just learning as much as I can. Detroit is very rough and 70 laps around this place seems like an eternity -tomorrow is going to be a lot of work as well.”