Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.27 #CheckIt4Andretti Honda ended the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in sixth place having started the race from 15th place.
Andretti managed to avoid the incidents in the race and speaking following the race, Andretti commented by saying:
It was absolute mayhem – a crapshoot whether you got through it. The good Lord was looking after us probably about 50 times tonight. It was pretty crazy. It was a survival type day, we had a one-lane car so I couldn’t really pass cars. We were fast, but every time I go the run and popped out for the pass, we just lost grip. It was like one-and-a-half lanes out there, the second lane just never came in.
Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 #CheckItForAndretti Honda endured a tough race. The Japanese driver ran up front and was challenging for the lead of the race when with five laps to go he was caught up in accident with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
Speaking following the race, Sato commented by saying:
It’s disappointing. We had a very good car the second half of the race. It was an unfortunate situation – I had a car in front of me and a car to my right, I got two tires in the grass, bottomed out and there was nowhere for me to go from that. We just ran out of track. All the cars were battling for position and constantly moving. It was an exciting race for sure, and I am disappointed it ended the way it did.
It was a disappointing race for Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda as he was caught up in the mayhem and was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
Yeah, I don’t know what I need to do here to get things right, but we had a good car early on then came in and made a down force adjustment and then I completely missed the compensation on the front wing and then I went straight to the back. We spent the rest of the night trying to claw back, just missing the whole down force front grip equation. We started getting going there, then this deal happened. There were guys making too many moves out there late into the corner, I will save my opinion for after I look at it. I came down, there were cars spinning and sparks everywhere. I went for the apron, I kind of high-sided a bit, and I was just a passenger from there. There was no where to go. You can’t jump all over the brakes from these cars once you are doing 220mph into the corner, there’s not a whole lot of places to go.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 ShopAndretti Curb Honda was forced to retire from the race and was classified in 22nd place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Our car started off struggling a little bit but then as the high-line started coming in we were getting better. It’s unfortunate because our car was getting good and the track was coming in and I think it was going to turn out to be a decent night. I went to pass Tony (Kanaan) on the inside of (Turn) 3 and we were three wide… and there are two lanes here but there aren’t three.