Andretti Autosport like their rivals head to Pocono Raceway for the first Verizon IndyCar Series race here since the death of Justin Wilson at the event here last season.
It is going to a tough weekend for the team who fielded Wilson in the ABC Supply 500 race last year so the team will be hoping for a strong result this weekend to honor Wilson. Michael Andretti’s outfit heads to Pocono following a strong race last time out in Mid-Ohio.
Carlos Munoz had a great race last time out at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio as the Colombian who started the race from 15th place and came through the field to finish the race in third place behind race winner Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. Munoz was also the highest placed Honda finisher.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Munoz commented by saying:
I like going back to Pocono, it is one of my favorite tracks. I have great memories there in both Indy Lights and INDYCAR. We finished fifth there last year and third the year before, so I think we always seem to perform well there. We had a test there a couple weeks ago and the car felt great, but, you know, testing is much more different than the race. So we will have to see how the race goes. Overall, I am excited to get back.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data/Snapple Honda has endured an extremely tough season in 2016 however in Mid-Ohio he started the race from 21st place and came through the field to finish the race in 13th place.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Andretti commented by saying:
The UFD/ Snapple crew has some unfinished business to get back to from 2013, and this year is the time to do it. It should be a great race for the fans to watch and I expect there to be some crazy restarts. I always enjoy going to Pocono since it’s a home race for me. We have a lot of friends and family come to enjoy the weekend and I really hope we can give them all a great finish.
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi ended the Honda Indy 200 in 14th place having started the race from 12th place. Speaking ahead of race in Pocono he commented by saying:
I’m very excited to get to Pocono this weekend for our final (scheduled) oval of the year. Ovals are something that was a big unknown to me at the start of the year, but I have come to enjoy them very much. I think our car had some strength in the test that we did a couple weeks ago and I hope that we can translate into a strong result in a race that means a lot to Andretti Autosport.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda endured an extremely tough race in Mid-Ohio where he started the race from 4th place on the grid and finished the event in 18th place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race in Pocono, Hunter Reay who is the defending race winner in Pocono commented by saying:
Hopefully we can repeat the success we had last year again this weekend. The DHL Honda was great at Pocono last year and we had a great car at Indianapolis this year. Hopefully we can keep that momentum going and the momentum following a very positive test we had at Pocono two weeks ago. It would be great to put a full weekend together where we can execute and extract the full potential from our program.