Andretti Autosport’s No.28 DHL Honda of Ryan Hunter Reay was unable to repeat his podium performance from the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix under lights at Phoenix International Raceway.
Hunter Reay started the race from 12th place and ended up rounding out the top ten in the race.
Speaking following the race, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
We had two cautions – TWO of them – that put us laps down. Just had a heck of a time out there. Some of the best starts I’ve ever had, some of the best restarts I’ve ever had, and to come away from it with 10th is a pretty dejecting result. We should have finished second tonight. You have to move on and keep a good attitude about it. I wanted a better result for DHL and Honda, but racing is like that sometimes.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber & Data / Snapple Honda started the race from 12th place and suffered from the caution periods during the race coming home in 13th place. Speaking following the race, Andretti commented by saying:
The result tonight wasn’t what we were looking for. The yellows weren’t in our favor and we didn’t have what we needed. We’ll move on to the (Indy oval) test this week and work on a better result for the next one.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda started the race from 21st place and made contact with wall at Turn 4 following a mechanical issue and recorded a 22nd place finish. Speaking following the race, Munoz commented by saying:
It’s a shame how we finished. I got in a crash. Something mechanical broke on the car, you know. When I was turning, nothing happened and I hit the wall. It’s a shame. We were recovering a lot of positions from where we started. It’s a weekend to forget. I just have to say thank you for the guys that worked so hard yesterday to get the car back together. This is racing. We lose and we win together. So, I’m focused now on the upcoming Indy test.
On his oval racing debut, Alexander Rossi finished the race where he started it in 14th place in the No.98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda. Speaking following the race, Rossi commented by saying:
I think that the finishing position is really upsetting. Before we had to fall to the back, we were P7, I think. We’ll have to look at how we maybe could have done that better. I think the car was good for most of the race and the crew did a great job. I’m glad we got the first oval race under our belt… But I think there’s more to come next time.