Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay, driver of the No.28 DHL Honda says that he sees this weekend’s doubleheader in Detroit as a way for the team to hit the reset button following a tricky Indianapolis 500. Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom call on Wednesday, the Floridan said that the Indy 500 was supposed to be a reset for the season until he suffered an issue.
Yeah, I sure hope so. I saw Indy as being the reset and it looked like it was panning that way, it was heading in that direction until we had the brake issue there on the last stop. So it’s unfortunate. We put together a great month of May and really had a solid race going on there, but that’s really, it happens, and yeah, Detroit is a great opportunity for us with double points. If we can hit the ground running like we it in 2018 and 2019 in Detroit, it would be a huge opportunity for us to kind of, like you said, reset the season.
Speaking about what to expect from this weekend, RHR told us that with the schedule being very rushed it is a case of making the most of every moment on track:
Yeah, two completely different disciplines, different forms of racing, different approaches completely. I know the potential is there, we just need to execute. We need to come out swinging right from the start, roll the car off the truck within the neighborhood on the setup that we think we like, and it’s going to be an abbreviated shortened weekend. We have two races, but for all intents and purposes when you actually get on track to practice and qualify, it ends up being very, very rushed and very segmented. So you need to make the most of every lap on track.
It was announced today that the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg will remain on the IndyCar Series schedule until at least 2026 and speaking about that news, Hunter Reay said:
Yeah, that’s great. Obviously St. Pete has become one of the corner stones of the INDYCAR schedule, so the fact that that street circuit here, which is my home race, has been extended is great. The match there is perfect with INDYCAR and St. Pete. We have great history there, and I’m really happy to hear that we’ll be going long into the future together, so that’s great.
Ryan Hunter Reay heads into this weekend’s double-header in 17th place in the championship on 94 points.