Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda kicked off his 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas on Sunday with a great drive to third place in the race.

Speaking following the event he said:

It was a pretty good race all-in-all. We definitely didn’t have the speed for Will (Power), Alex (Rossi) and Colton (Herta), but I’m happy we were able to get DHL and the No. 28 team another podium. Congratulations to Colton. There at the end he was so fast, it was really impressive, he has really clicked with this track. It was busy out there – hard not to make a mistake, the car is flying all over the place. It was great being here for our first race and we have to thank everybody from Austin for coming out and making the event great. I think next year we will come back with an even better show.”

Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda started today’s race from 20th place and came through the field to finish the event in sixth place and speaking following the race he said:

“It was just too little, too late – I think the car took a stint or two to spool up, but once we got there, the car was great. We were able to gain track position and ultimately ended up sixth. I knew in the warmup we were cruising – we knew the race car was going to good, but the red flag in qualifying caught us out. I think if we could have qualified our car we would’ve had a better starting position and the U.S. Concrete car could’ve been further up at the checkers. We just need to keep up this pace and move on to Barber.”

Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda started the race from second place and had a great battle with Team Penske’s Will Power and finished the race in ninth place and speaking following the event he said:

The NAPA AUTO PARTS car was awesome. Will (Power) and I were in a league of our own. For the first two-thirds of the race, it was just me and Will – especially in the third stint, we were both fast and were able to gap ourselves from the rest of the field. It was going to be a pretty awesome race between the two of us there on new (Firestone) Reds, but never got the opportunity with the yellow. From there the day was kind of over, it’s unfortunate we never got a shot to play it out. We’ll move on and focus forward on the races ahead.”

Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda had an eventful race. Starting the event from ninth place he got caught up in an incident with Scott Dixon and went on to finish the race in 22nd place and speaking following the race he said:

 Overall, it was a pretty disappointing day. We had pace all weekend and  unfortunately, on the start got the bad end of a racing deal and pushed off the track. We got back on track behind then had to replace a tow link on the right front and that kind of set our fate for the rest of the day. It’s disappointing for the Gainbridge crew – we had the pace to be up front but a racing deal ultimately took us out.”

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