Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato in the No.26 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda started Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course from third place on the grid and had a strong run in the 90 lap event to finish the race in fifth place and speaking following the race, the Japanese driver commented by saying:
I think starting third and finishing fifth isn’t the perfect scenario, but we had an issue in the pits and then we lost a couple of places when we went back out on track. At the least, it was actually fun. We overtook a couple cars and then regained and recovered the position. I think the four Andretti Autosport cars had a solid day under difficult circumstances and I think that we performed really well. Let’s just say, the rest of the season we just need to have a solid performance to bring back the championship points.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 ShopAndretti.com Curb Honda started the race from ninth place and ran up front all day. The Californian was involved in an incident with his team mate Ryan Hunter Reay but recovered to finish the race in sixth place.
Speaking following the race, Rossi commented by saying:
We chose a pretty aggressive strategy starting on blacks [Firestone primary tires] and I think it was working pretty well for us, but unfortunately the stint on used [Firestone alternate] reds was a lot more challenging than we originally thought it would be. We lost about 12 seconds on the reds and that was the difference for us between challenging for a podium and finishing sixth.
Speaking about the incident with Hunter Reay, Rossi commented by saying:
I was on reds and [Ryan] was on blacks – it was a 50/50 deal and it’s unfortunate that would ever happen to a teammate. We talked about it, we’ll move on and get back to working together in Pocono.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from 10th and recovered from the spin with Rossi to finish the race in eighth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We had a good race going today and the DHL team was going to be top-five no doubt, until we made contact with Rossi. That really set us back. We stayed at it and were able to salvage a race that was going to be absolutely terrible and managed to keep it inside the top eight
Marco Andretti in the No.27 #CheckIt4Andretti Honda started the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in 14th place and finished the event in 12th and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We didn’t qualify as high as we wanted, so we knew we’d have a little bit of work starting from 14th… and we were running well and had made up ground. Then, on the second to last stop, we had a short fill and didn’t get all the fuel into the car, which put us in fuel-saving mode. From there we had to make huge fuel numbers to make it to the end. I’m not sure if we had the car to win, but I do know it’s hard to contend when you’re saving fuel – so that was our day made. We’ll get back at it in Pocono.