Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi started the opening race of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix Dual in Detroit from fourth place in the No.98 Curb Honda and finished the race in fifth.
Rossi heads into race 2 on Sunday in fifth place in the series standings on 220 points and speaking following the race, the Californian commented by saying:
We weren’t quick enough today. The top four were on another level. I think our first stint on reds was strong, but on blacks we slowed a little bit in speed. That’s the thing with double-headers, we can learn from today and go into tomorrow with a better car.
Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda started the race from third place on the grid and finished the race in eighth place and speaking following the 70 lap race the Japanese driver commented by saying:
Tough day. We had a very strong qualifying in third and the start of the race we a good, clean start. We were holding position. Although the top two cars were very strong. We were starting from behind and we were struggling for pace on the reds in the first stint. After the yellows when the field change the tires it looks like they had more speed so the team decided to go to the short stint. In the end, it cost us a little bit in terms of strategy and having three stops was tough. But the boys did a good job. We need to gather the data now to make the car fast and hopefully we have an even stronger race tomorrow.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Magneti Marelli Honda started the race from 13th place and finished the race in 12th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We just didn’t have pace today, and then were stuck in traffic so never really had a chance to open it up. Between traffic and no pace, passing isn’t going to happen. So, we just kind of ran in traffic all day, but we’ll hope for better tomorrow.
Ryan Hunter Reay finished the race in 13th place and speaking following the event he stated:
It was a frustrating day for the DHL team. The pit strategy just didn’t work out for us again. It seems that cars that ended up in the wall, or on pit lane during Lap 1 ended up on the podium. Marco and I had a great fight on track though – we were like two kids that weren’t welcome to the party… on the outside fighting it out, but it was fun. We’ll pull together tonight and hopefully come back stronger tomorrow.