Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 AutoNation Honda started today’s GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis from 14th place and was one of the highest movers in the 85 lap race at the Brickyard coming home in seventh place giving the Californian a strong finish to build on heading into next weekend’s practice on the oval.

Speaking following the action, Rossi said:

“It was quite the day here at IMS. It was always going to be difficult starting 14th. We need to understand why we have some qualifying troubles. All in all, the AutoNation guys did a great job in pit lane. Even though we had to avoid an incident in Turn 1 (Lap 1) and lost some spots, but we were able to come back through. You can’t be happy with seventh, but it’s better than where we started. It’s cool to be the TAG Heuer Biggest Mover of the race. Hopefully that’s not something that we get known for. I like to always start up front, finish up front. Ultimately, on a day like this, we take what we can. We will look forward to heading the other direction on Tuesday and hopefully we can get Indy 500 win number two.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from 19th place and came home in 12th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:

We had a great Indy GP on track. We passed a lot of cars today and had a great start. Tire strategy was a gamble today to say the least. We took our lumps when we had to go to the Primary tires, but all in all we were really quick today. Unfortunately in the end, we didn’t pick the right strategy with the last stop. Definitely should’ve finished in the top six or seven, but we will take the lesson and move forward to the 500.

Colton Herta who started the race from eighth place endured a tough race having suffered damage to his rear wing following contact with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda and speaking following the race Herta said:

“Not really the race we wanted. We started eighth, finished 13th. The Gainbridge car was fast in clean air, the only problem was we didn’t get a lot of it. We were always in traffic and battling. We had great pit stops and in and out laps. We put ourselves in a good position to crack that top five, but had some contact with some guys and got shuffled around then ended up getting the worse half of it – 13th it is. We’ll take it on the chin and move on to preparations for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge.”

James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 #ShiftToGreen Honda came home in 18th place having started his 150th IndyCar Series race from 22nd place and speaking following the race, the Mayor of HinchTown commented saying:

Today we had pretty good pace with the Capstone 29 Honda, but the way the race played out with yellows the strategy options were pretty limited. We picked up a couple spots and were able to run pretty competitive lap times in comparison with our teammates. But starting where we did, that was kind of all we had. It was nice to get that one under our belt and get May in Indy kicked off. Now we’re focused on the 500. We definitely missed having Brian (Barnhart) on the stand today – hope you’re feeling better, Brian, and can’t wait to have you back here soon.

Stefan Wilson and Marco Andretti will join the rest of the team on Tuesday as practice for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge gets underway.

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