Andretti Autosport’s six entries in Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge Firestone 175 at Twin Ring Motegi will carry HS on their liveries in honour of New York Yankees co owner and father of Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Racing co owner George Steinbrenner IV who passed away earlier this week following a long illness.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Colton Herta in the No.88 Capstone Honda commented by saying:
To be honest, I was only 11 when INDYCAR last raced at Motegi. To help out, my dad hooked up something he called a VCR, and I’ve been watching old races of him and RHR (Ryan Hunter-Reay) in Japan back in the day. It looks like a pretty cool circuit – I’m excited to give it a go.
Marco Andretti In the No.98 Oberto/Circle K Honda is looking forward to the race saying:
I got a late start to the season, but really enjoyed Michigan and looking forward to returning to Motegi. My teammates and I have had some good DMs on our fuel strategy for this race. Looking forward to executing and hopefully bringing home a trophy.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the the No.28 DHL Honda heads into his second NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge event this weekend and is looking forward to returning to Twin Ring Motegi and speaking ahead of the event he said:
My family is so important to me when we go to a track like this, so really happy they were able to make the trip with me. It’s crucial to have good people in your corner who can feed you snacks and fill up the water bottle.
James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda will be hoping for a strong race this weekend after being caught in the first lap incident in last weekend’s race in Michigan.
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda is looking forward to the race this weekend having never competed in an IndyCar at Motegi.
Speaking following the race the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner said:
I’ve been training extra hard for the elevation this weekend in Motegi. Also had a new floor fan delivered and pretty excited to try that out. Might put it near my feet. Not sure yet.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda is looking forward to the race in Motegi saying:
I’ve never been to Japan before, so I’m really looking forward to racing at Motegi this weekend. The travel over to the race was a lot shorter than I expected; it’s almost as if I didn’t even leave my house – and no jet lag!