Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda had a strong DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner started the race from eighth place and finished the event on the podium in third place.
Speaking following the race he said:
Simon (Pagenaud) did a good job defending. We tried to go up high, and I would have taken it if it was an easy one, but I couldn’t force the issue. We came home third. The NAPA AUTO PARTS car was awesome from the get-go. We were able to pass some cars and go long on fuel. The tire life was great, so all-in-all a great effort from the No. 27 team.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda followed up his win in Detroit with a fifth place finish in Texas and following the race he commented by saying:
The day was solid, but that’s kind of all it was. We just really couldn’t get the car up in the mix at the end – just too much understeer. I couldn’t get close to those guys to join the party. It looked like they were having fun, I just couldn’t get in there. We’ll take the top five for the DHL team. We gained a little in points and that’s what we’re really keeping our eyes on
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda started the race from 11th place and finished the event in 14th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We were running a legitimate fourth and the clutch failed during our stop. From them on, we had no clutch the whole race. I had the clutch in, grabbed first and then it just stalled and wouldn’t restart for five laps. We had just gotten by Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and the car was coming into its own. The U.S. Concrete car had the pace to win the race and we just had to cruise the rest of the way.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Relay Group 1001 Honda started the race in 16th place and that is where he finished the event. Speaking following the race he said:
Things started off really well. We drove from 16th to third on the first stint – which just showed what kind of car we had. It was the best car I’ve had in my career, the best car I’ve had in (the Verizon IndyCar Series), so hats off to my engineer and the entire Relay / Group 1001 team. Then, the rookie side of me came in during the second stint. I just got too high running through Turn 2 trying to get air. I got the right rear into the wall and bent a toe-link and went 10 laps down. From that point on, we were just fighting as hard as we could. I honestly think we had a car for the top five, possibly the top three, we passed everyone up to (Scott) Dixon, basically – even though we were laps down. That just shows the strength we had. My crew gave me something special and I just didn’t get the job done with it. But, you know, that’s learning. I’m excited to go on to Road America and then get back on the ovals at Iowa. For me, tonight it felt like a switch finally flipped. I felt like I can run with these guys and push them into the corners and not be afraid to take the way they drive on track. I put myself forward and stood up for myself, and that’s a big key in INDYCAR. I finally feel confident enough to do that