Andretti Autosport brought home two cars in the top ten in race two of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual in Detroit on Sunday afternoon. Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda started the race from pole position leading 22 laps before finishing the race in fourth place.
The Japanese driver heads to the next race in Texas in third place in the series standings on 392 points and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a solid result. I think the team did a great job. We did everything we could and made no mistakes but we just didn’t quite have the speed today. I’m proud of getting on the front row in qualifying and we will work hard the rest of the season. I think we kept ourselves in championship contention by finishing P4 and getting points. We need to find out why we lost the speed for the race but we will look at all the data. It was a good day.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb Honda started the race from 14th place on the grid and came home in seventh place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
(Qualifying) this morning really hurt because we went out on used tires for the one-lap shootout after the red flag and that was the wrong decision, so we started 14th instead of towards the front. In the race, we had to really make the most of the first stint on blacks and I think we did. We made the reds last a long time as well so I think the car was quite a bit better than yesterday. I think seventh was a decent result considering we started 14th and it’s pretty hard to pass here.
Marco Andretti started the race from ninth place and finished the event in 13th place and speaking following race 2 he commented by saying:
We just lost some unnecessary time. The car was not good in dirty air. When we were alone, our pace was good but in dirty air we were just really bad. That’s basically the difference and caused us to switch to a three-stop strategy. We were hoping for more, and will move on to Texas.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from the front row in second place and following contact with Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves he was forced to pit for a front wing change and he finished the race in 17th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We just missed the race setup again today. The DHL car was strong in qualifying and we started on the front row, but in the race the car was all over the place. Then we had contact with Helio that broke our front wing. We lost ground changing it and then from there we just struggled, didn’t get any breaks and spent too much time in pit lane.