Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda started race 2 of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual in Detroit from the front row in second place and managed to maintain a top three position throughout the event coming home just behind Penske’s Will Power and Simon Pagenaud. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
“It’s a solid finish for sure, we had a pretty decent car today. I was pushing as hard as I could. Congratulations to Team Penske this weekend, they’ve just been pretty much untouchable. They just had the pace and there’s only so much I could do about it. I was getting every last bit out of (the car). It’s great to get that No. 28 DHL Honda up to the podium after such a heartbreaking end to the Indy 500 for us.
Marco Andretti was extremely disappointed with his weekend overall. In the opening race he finished the race in 16th place having qualified for the event in 19th place while in race 2 he made his way into the top ten ending the race in ninth place having qualified for the event at the very back of the grid in 22nd place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a brutal weekend for us in Detroit. That last yellow today helped, but we need to improve our pace. We have to settle for a top 10 and turn that into a Texas win next weekend.
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the second race in Detroit in 12th place having qualified for the event in 18th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We had a broken front wing at the start – that didn’t help us at all. I think generally the pace was good, we had to make up a lot of time with having to change the front wing. The biggest thing we need to understand is why it takes us so long to come up to speed on cold tires. That’s something we need to address. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to racing in Texas next week.
Carlos Munoz who won the opening race here last season had a difficult race too having being punted into James Hinchcliffe on the opening lap of race 2 as they went three wide into Turn 1 and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
This was another race where the yellows didn’t help us at all with our strategy, and we lost a little bit of pace compared to yesterday so we will have to see what happened. This kind of race was all about strategy. We will move to the next (race) with Texas and hope for a good weekend.