Ryan Hunter Reay started Monday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway from the back of the grid after missing qualifying on Saturday following a big crash in practice.
Still feeling a bit sore from the impact Hunter Reay said he felt fine when he was in the car and driving the back up No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport he showed why he is so good around the Pocono Raceway.
The 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner came from the back of the field twice during the 200 lap race to finish on the podium just behind race winner Will Power and Mikhail Aleshin.
Hunter Reay took the lead on a number of occasions during the race however fell to the back of the field after losing power in his car. The American coasted down pit-road and just like you would with a computer he hit the reset button and was able to get back up to speed and come from the back to finish the race just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden.
Speaking following the race Hunter Reay commented by saying:
I had to come through the field twice. It’s heartbreaking. This the type of year it’s been for us. Really heart breaking. The No. 28 DHL Honda really deserved to be in contention for the win there at the end. Going through Turn 2 it just shut off. I cycled the car once, nothing happened and then I got on pit lane and cycled it again. Power cycle. It turns off then it re-fired and we were a lap down. I had to come through the field twice. The car was a rocket ship. It’s a shame.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda started the race from fifth place and had a strong race running in the top ten all day and ended the event in 7th place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
A little disappointed with the result of the race after running almost the whole race in the top-five. In the end, I don’t know, we lost the speed that we had and it was just a battle in the end.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber & Data/Snapple Honda started the race from 13th place and finished in 12th. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a tough day for the UFD / Snapple car. I had a big imbalance end-to-end (of the car), turn entry to mid corner – the car was doing something different every lap. I tried to add downforce, but all we did was slow down and still have those same problems. It was definitely a long 500 miles.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol/Edge Honda once again showed that he performs well on ovals as he ran up front in the early stages of the race with team-mate’s Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter Reay however on lap 63 while making a pit-stop his car got airborne as he left his pit stall and went of the top of Helio Castroneves’ No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet. Fortunately neither driver was injured and speaking following the race Rossi commented by saying:
Everyone is going to have their own opinion but I was staying in the slow lane, (Charlie) Kimball was obviously trying to come in his box but then Helio (Castroneves) was being released. So I don’t know. It’s very unfortunate. This car was awesome today. We were at the front with relative ease and we were waiting for the end to go to the front for the final time. Obviously I’m not in charge of releasing cars so I don’t know the gap that needs to be had. I was sent. I knew there was a car to my right and I stayed in the slow lane. So, that was all I could do.”