Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport had a great day at the Iowa Speedway in the Iowa Corn 300. Starting the race from 15th place on the grid, Hunter Reay came through the field to finish on the podium in third place ending the event as the highest placed Honda driver.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
That was a tough drive. We just made the car better and better through the whole race and I wasn’t really happy with the car at all. I have to give big credit to my team and my engineer, Ray Gosselin, for putting the right setup on the car. We finally got it to where I like it – some remanences of the past. A little more straight-line speed and we could’ve given these guys a run for their money. Congratulations to Helio [Castroneves] – it’s great to see him win again. He’s been right there knocking on the door for so long. Hats off to the No. 28 DHL team and thank you to all the Iowa fans, we love coming here! Hopefully we can come back here at night some time, because that is my favorite.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb Honda started the race from 12th place and finished th event in 11th and speaking following the race, he commented by saying:
For most of the race we were trying to tune in and get the car drivable which we were able to do by the end. The last stint was the only time I felt comfortable in the car all day. It’s unfortunate because I thought we had a really good race car through this weekend, but the temperature caught us by surprise and I don’t think we accounted enough for the effect it had on the car. Congrats to Ryan [Hunter-Reay] for getting on the podium and being where he should be.
It was a disappointing race from Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato who started the race from fifth place and finished the race in 16th and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a tough race. We had a great qualifying and the start [of the race] was pretty exciting. I was able to hold a good position. The car was working well, and then about halfway through the stint I started to lose balance and grip and was gradually losing position. By the third stint, we saw something strange with our right-rear tire, it was behaving unusual – the tire pressure never came up. We were so loose that we had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop, which put me down two laps because immediately after we pitted, there was a yellow flag – very, very unfortunate timing. The rest of the race I was trying to un-lap myself and it was a tough one. It is a shame after we had a great start. It’s not ideal to finish like this, but hopefully we can be strong in Toronto and collect more points.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Honda started the race from 20th place and finished the race in 17th and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We got derailed in qualifying and started our race from behind. We could never really gain track position and took a gamble and pitted just before the red flag. If we would have had a yellow we would have been looking good. It was worth the gamble and only cost us two positions. Throughout the whole day, we just never had the track position we needed.