Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda goes into this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in second place in the championship just 16 points behind leader Josef Newgarden and heads to the race this weekend following a seventh place finish last time out in Mid Ohio.
Rossi is the defending race winner here in Pocono and speaking ahead of the race he said:
I’m really excited to get back to Pocono. It’s one of my favorite tracks to go back to each year – and obviously we had a good race there last year. We’re getting into a critical point of the championship and we need to win races. Pocono is a great place for us to hopefully to that. Being so close to where the Andretti family is from is great. The area has a lot of tradition for IndyCar racing and we all look forward to coming back to each year. Hopefully we can leave the weekend leading the championship.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda goes into this weekend’s race having finished on the pdoium in third place last time out in Mid Ohio. Speaking ahead of the event this weekend he said:
After a podium at Mid-Ohio for the DHL team, hopefully we can find win number two at Pocono. It’s an extremely challenging track. The difference between Turn 1 and 3 presents a whole host of issues that you have to resolve setup wise. It’s all about a compromise between those two [turns] that allows you to have a good race day. I hope we have some good momentum to carry through the end of the season – that’s what we were able to do last year and really finish strong.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda goes into this weekend’s race having finished the event last time out in Mid Ohio in 15th place and speaking ahead of the event he said:
Pocono is a fun superspeedway for me. Like everyone says, you have to get the balance between Turn 1 and 3 – and then Turn 2 in traffic isn’t easy either. The race-ability of the track is great. I think the restarts with how wide the front straight is get crazy which is fun for the fans. It’s also great to have all the hometown support.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda is looking forward to this weekend’s race saying:
I absolutely can’t wait. Pocono has always been one of my favorite circuits. Just the races that we’ve had there, last year included, have just been really good for me. It’s definitely a difficult place, a high-risk place, but I’m just looking forward to it. And with Gateway after that it leads into a nice streak of ovals for the 2019 season.