Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda put the disappointment of Nashville firmly behind him at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday as he ended the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the podium in third place behind Romain Grosjean and Will Power and speaking following the action he said:

“I think Will [Power] was feeling the pressure as he had [James] Hinchcliffe in front of him that was the only time that I was able to catch him. He [Power] was on rails today. I couldn’t really do anything else any other time – he was just better. We worked to gain a tenth or two each lap. We lacked a little at the end and Romain [Grosjean] was probably a little better than us to be honest. We held him off as long as we could until he got back by us on the restart. The Gainbridge car felt good. It was a great turnaround from practice where we didn’t have any pace and finished 26th. I’m happy with a top-five qualifying effort and to come home with a podium.”

Alexander Rossi in the No.27 AutoNation NAPA Auto Parts Honda came from tenth place and finished the race in fourth place and speaking following the race he commented saying:

“From 10th in this field, it’s tough to do a whole lot of anything. The guys did a great job in pit lane, the car was good. I think fourth was the best we could do today. Ultimately, we went forward when we needed to at the critical moments of the race. The AutoNation guys did a great job – it’s our best result of the year, so I guess there are some positives in that. It is what it is, we move on and go forward again in St. Louis.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda from 13th place but unfortunately fell backwards coming home in 18th place and speaking following the race he said:

“Well that’s it for round two of the Indy GP. We had a really tough day. It was a good start. We kind of fell back a little on the primaries as we anticipated, but we had the speed when we put the [Firestone Alternate] reds on that we needed. Unfortunately, we had some hiccups in the pits that set us back and then we got absolutely railroaded and taken out by [Sebastien] Bourdais. INDYCAR decided not to call it and we lost a total of eight or nine spots, which put an end to our day. I let everyone know what I thought about it afterwards, all parties involved. We’ll move onto Gateway and hopefully have a good weekend there.”

James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda started the race from 24th place and came home in 22nd following a difficult race adding to what has been a difficult season for the Mayor of HinchTown and speaking following the race he said:

“Some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug. Unfortunately for the Genesys Honda it was a bug kind of weekend. I think rolling off the truck was the best we were, and we just weren’t able to tune the car to get any more speed. The way the race panned out there wasn’t much room for different strategies, so pretty uneventful for us. Bummed with the result but proud of the effort of the guys on the stand and in the pits today.”

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