Andretti Autosport’s day at the Indianapolis 500 started off so promising with Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starting the race from second place. The Californian led 13 laps during the event but was forced to end the race in 18th place just ahead of Scott Dixon and speaking following the action he said:

There wasn’t much we could do today, unfortunately we were just slow. The balance wasn’t right and we just struggled. We struggled with the scuffed tires and that kind of threw us off. Then we were trying to correct the balance with scuffed tires then went back to new tires. It was just diabolical. We had what should’ve been a good car in the Gainbridge Honda, but we just couldn’t get it done in the race.

Marco Andretti in the No.98 Gleaners Food Bank Of Indiana Andretti Herta-Haupert Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian Honda started the race from 25th place and came home in 19th and speaking following the race he said:

“We were too trimmed. We had a vibration on that last set of tires and then we came out in traffic. So, we just held status quo in a track position race.”

James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Honda started the race from 16th place and ran as high as 10th in the event but came home in 21st place and speaking following the race he said:

“We came home 21st today, but it was probably all that we had. We had a tough day. We got the car better and better as the race went on, but never had the track position to take advantage of it. Big credit to all my guys on the Genesys car – the Andretti Steinbrenner boys were great in the pits. It was so nice to see and hear everyone in the stands. Congrats to Helio (Castroneves) and the Meyer Shank team on an incredible performance and watch history with a new four-time winner. We will be back and ready for Detroit.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from seventh on the grid but came home in 22nd place and speaking following the race he said:

“It was a really unfortunate way to end the race today. We were up there the whole day and we really felt like we could’ve been fighting with those guys at the end. The brake pedal just went all the way to the bulkhead when they called me in, which is nothing but metal. I had to do a few pumps to get it back up. I’m not really sure why that is or why it happened. It’s just unfortunate, because the DHL Honda was good today. That’s all it takes though, one little misstep like that. That’s Indy though, I guess. We had a great car in the DHL Honda.”

Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda started the race from the tenth place but was handed a drive-through penalty for pitting while they were closed following the accident involving his teammate Stefan Wilson which saw the 2016 Indy 500 champion fall a lap down but was not able to recover and came home in 29th place and speaking following the action he said:

“Nothing at all went our way. Couldn’t catch a break with anything. Just driving around waiting for some luck. Congrats to Honda for another 500 win and to our friends at AutoNation.”

It was a tough day for Stefan Wilson who locked his brakes coming down pit-road and as result he was forced to retire from the race having made contact with the pit-wall and speaking following the race he said:

“I’m heartbroken for the entire LOHLA SPORT / Cusick Motorsports crew. They worked so hard this month. Thankful to all the supporters and sponsors that made it possible for me to return to Indy. We were having a good stint, moving past (Will) Power. We got the call to pit a little late, but that wasn’t the issue. As soon as I went to the brakes, there was nothing there. The entire 30-lap stint, the brakes had been knocking back and I was trying to pump them up as quickly as I could to get enough pressure and eventually one of the pumps locked one of the rear tires. I was a passenger at that point. I’m devastated and hope I get the chance to come back again.”

 

 

 

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