Andretti Autosport endured a very difficult night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday for the Genesys 300 after Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda came home with the best result for the team in eighth place having started the race from 14th place and starts tonight’s XPEL 375 from 15th and speaking following the action, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner commented saying:

“It was a decent day for us, but this is such a track-position race so starting 16th somewhere like here is always going to be difficult. I think we had an opportunity to be in the top five. On that first cycle you obviously want to go long and hope that the yellow comes, because you lose so much time during pit stops and the exchange of the two-stage pit limiter. So that first cycle worked out well for us. I think we had a top-six pace car, so it’s unfortunate that we fell short of that. We did make up one spot in the championship tonight, so we’ll see what we can do from 15th tomorrow.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from 21st and came home in 16th and will start today’s race from 20th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:

All in all, it’s a disappointing night for the DHL team. We lost the right front (tire), went down to the cords and nearly ended up in the wall. We had to pit, and then lost two laps – the yellow came out right at that moment. Had we been able to last another lap or two, we would have been right there to fight with the top 12. It’s unfortunate. We fought our way back, got our lap back later in the night and climbed some positions on restarts. We’re going to have to turn the car upside down tonight and go with another setup tomorrow and really get after it.

Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda started the race from fourth put a re-occurring temperature issue with the right rear brakes saw the St Pete race winner forced to retire from the race and speaking following the race he commented saying:

“It was an awful day. An unfortunate brake fire prevented our Gainbridge Honda from making it home. Looked like we had the pace to contend for a podium up to that point, but overall I’m just really devastated as all of our pit stops were amazing and we gained positions every time. We’ll be back and see what we can do tomorrow.”

James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda suffered a heavy impact and a retirement after hitting dirty air during the race meaning the team had to carry out major repairs ahead of the race today and he will start the race from 23rd place on the grid and speaking following the race he said:

We were struggling really bad with vibrations and we were just hanging on, trying to stay on the lead lap. I honestly didn’t know that Felix was running up there, I thought we were running for position. He came down, took the air away and we just had no grip. I got up into the grey stuff and that second lane is just undriveable. It’s really unfortunate. I feel gutted for the Genesys guys. It’s the Genesys 300 and we’re out of the race. We had a better car than that on our own. I think if we had been able to qualify, we would have started a lot higher and been running a lot better. But it’s the nature of this track at the minute, you just can’t go anywhere. Again, gutted for the guys – they’ve got to fix this thing and try to come back stronger tomorrow.

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