Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 MilitaryToMotorsports Honda had a disappointing ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.
The Californian who started the race from second place had by his own admission a bad start which resulted in him being part of the five car crash on the opening lap of the race.
The resulting accident forced Andretti Autosport to make repairs to his car and has a resulted he was penalized being handed a 10 lap stop and hold meaning that he he rejoined the race he was multiple laps down.
Rossi finishes the race in 18th place, 89 laps down on race winner Will Power and heads to the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 this weekend, 35 points behind championship leader Josef Newgarden.
Speaking following the race he said:
Obviously, I didn’t get a good start – so that’s on me. But we were three wide; Ryan [Hunter-Reay] was on the inside, I as in the middle and Takuma [Sato] was on the outside. I can’t even begin to understand how after last year Takuma thinks that any sort of driving like that is acceptable. To turn across two cars, at that speed, in that corner at a 500-mile race is disgraceful, upsetting and may have cost us a championship. It’s upsetting. This team works too hard to have something like that happen. The whole team worked tirelessly to get the 27 car back on track. Once we got out there, the car just didn’t have the handling we needed so we held on to make up as many points as we could. Unfortunately, the weather came, and the race was called before we could gain the final possible spot. We have a couple days to rebound and go for race wins now – that’s all that matters.
Ryan Hunter Reay was forced to retire from the race after being caught up in the accident. Speaking following the race he said:
The opening lap wreck was ridiculous and thank God everybody was alright. It’s so unfortunate at the beginning of a 500-mile race. The car was good yesterday and we just needed to put together 500 clean miles. The DHL car deserved to be fighting for a win today. We did all we could do after coming back out. The guys did a great job; unbelievable effort in getting the car turned back around. But we were really loose in [Turn] 3, and it turned out we had holes in the underwing from the crash. The last thing we want to do is be a risk out there and damage more equipment, so we got the points we could and came in just before the weather hit.”
It was a disappointing day for Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda and Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda as they came home in 13th and 15th place respectively and speaking following the race Veach said:
Thirteenth obviously isn’t where we wanted to finish – but all things aside, it was an okay day for us. Just lacking overall grip, I think as a team, but we moved forward from our starting spot – which with qualifying being canceled hurt us. I’m thankful for all the work the guys did. Honestly, walking away 13th isn’t what we want, but we did all we could and I’m proud of that. We’ll go to Gateway and have a better result.”
Marco Andretti commented on his day saying:
Firstly, I’m glad everyone walked out okay after the wreck on the start. I had an issue with one of my head pads coming out, and we lost some time in fixing that. Beyond that the car had a big imbalance and by the time we got that fixed, we were a lap down. There wasn’t much we could do, and it made for a long day. Looking ahead to Gateway and working to finish the season strong.”