Andretti Autosport head into this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course aiming to build on their strong performance at the Honda Indy Toronto last time out where Alexander Rossi secured his first podium finish since winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last year.
Rossi is hoping that he can build on that performance and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
We are coming into this weekend with the excitement of finally returning to the podium this year. The motivation to fight for our first win of 2017 is as high as ever and based on last year, I feel like we have a good platform to start from. I have a lot of team members from Ohio, so this is somewhat of a home race for the No. 98 car and I will be doing everything I can to get an awesome result for them.
Marco Andretti heads into this weekend’s race following a fourth place finish at the Honda Indy Toronto last time out and speaking ahead of the race in Mid-Ohio he commented by saying:
We left Toronto with a good result and it is important to carry that momentum to Mid-Ohio and build on it. I always love going to Mid-Ohio. I’ve been preparing physically for an all-green, physical race. Mid-Ohio would be a good place to get a podium or win for the 26 team.
Ryan Hunter Reay has a best finish here of third place which came in 2003 and again in 2011. Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda heads to Mid-Ohio following a sixth place finish at the Honda Indy Toronto. Speaking ahea of this weekend’s race, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
I’ve always enjoyed going to Mid-Ohio and rate it as one of my favorite tracks to race on. I raced here in Skip Barber when I was a teenager and earned my first-ever IndyCar podium at Mid-Ohio. It would be great to add a win for the the DHL team to those memories. We have some positive momentum coming off the last two races at Iowa and Toronto and hopefully we can roll that into another successful weekend at Mid-Ohio.
Takuma Sato heads to the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course following a 16th place finish at the Honda Indy Toronto and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, the Japanese driver commented by saying:
Mid-Ohio is one most popular tracks among fans and it’s my favorite too. I enjoy driving this twisted road-course and it always reminds me of the UK’s national circuits where I was competing in British F3. In fact, some of the fans at Mid-Ohio have brought pictures of my F3 days, which shows how enthusiastic the fans are here. Also we have a great support from the Honda employees and families so that is also very nice. Ruoff Home Mortgage has joined us for the weekend, and [Mid-Ohio] is very close to a new branch they just opened, so hopefully we will have a lot of their employees at the track to cheer us on. This track is famous for what is known as massive track evolution. The track usually has very little grip when it’s ‘green’ then by the end of the day or the session, it’s gripped up a lot and it affects the car balance and setups, so it’s tricky and challenging. I look forward to having a strong weekend.