Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz and Alexander Rossi were the highest placed drivers from Michael Andretti’s team in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. Munoz finished the season in 10th place on 432 points with one Verizon P1 Award which came for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
In the final race of the year, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, the Colombian who does not yet have a contract in place for 2017 started the race from 16th place and finished the event in 15th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
A little disappointed with the result. I know a car took the front off our wing. He just broke too late and broke off the wing. We had to come in to change it and lost two-seconds there. We finish the season 10th in the championship. I have to thank everyone, all the sponsors from this year; UFD, Magneti Marelli, hhgregg. I have to be proud after this year. Thank you to the whole team, it has been an amazing year and everything so were going to work hard and see what happens for 2017
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol EDGE/Curb Honda secured his best finish since winning the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May as he started the race from eighth place and came home in fifth.
Rossi ends his rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series as Sunoco rookie of the year with 430 points and ended the season in 11th place in the series standings. Speaking following the race, Rossi commented by saying:
Today was good until the last corner. It’s heartbreaking to [run out of fuel] at the end. But it’s weird how this sport works; we won the biggest race of the year the same way. It’s just the way it goes sometime. Huge credit to the team for what we accomplished from St. Pete – where we struggled to stay on the lead lap and with a lot of other things – to where we are now and being at the front, legitimately. It was a pleasure to work with these guys and its easier to look back at things that could have been different, but that’s racing and I hope to show what I’m capable of in the future.
Ryan Hunter Reay, who just before the race it was confirmed will stay with Andretti Autosport alongside his primary sponsor DHL until the end of the 2020 season started the race in sixth place and ended the event in fourth just missing out on a podium finish.
Hunter Reay ends the year in 12th place in the series standings on 428 points having scored two podiums, a third place in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and third place finish at the Chevrolet Dual In Detroit race 2 and speaking following the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Hunter Reay said:
Fourth was a decent finish, but we still have work to do before 2017. We’ve had a lot of missed opportunities this year, and we need to work on minimizing those weekends when we’re in the back of the field. It’s nice to be in the top five, but if we’re not stepping on top of the podium, we’re not doing our job.
“We were able to announce today that DHL and I will be back with Andretti Autosport until 2020, and that means the absolute world to me. We’ve had such a great past together and they’ve had great confidence in me and the team… And this is my home. When it’s all said and done, I’ll have been here for 11 years and potentially even more.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda started the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in 14th place and came home with a top ten finish in eighth place.
Andretti ends what has been an extremely tough season in 16th place in the series points standings on 339 and speaking following the race, he commented by saying:
It was a tough year for the Snapple team, I’m going to do whatever it takes to improve for next year – put in the time and whatever I need to. This ties for the worst year of my career, when it needed to be my best. We’re definitely up against it for next year. Thanks to Snapple, UFD and Mutual of Omaha for hanging in there with me this season. It’s a bit of a blessing after a nightmare year for hhgregg to come on (as co-primary sponsor) for two years (starting in 2017). I can now shift my focus on trying to fast and the season opener in St. Pete.