Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda started Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course from 15th place and came through the field to secure his first podium since the Indianapolis 500. The Colombian finished the race in third place behind race winner Simon Pagenaud and Will Power in second place.
Speaking following the race Munoz commented by saying:
Finally we pitted at the right time – this year we’ve had a lot of bad luck. After qualifying we tried another setup for the warmup and I didn’t like it so we just went back on the setup. It’s nice to be back on the podium – it’s been a long time. Really happy to be third after how the weekend (went). I have to thank my team, Honda, everyone – they nailed the pit strategy. For Andretti (Autosport) it’s been quite a long time without (a podium finish) so it’s nice to be back. We had the track position and we had the pace – it was really physical, especially with the black (tires) I had to push a lot.
Marco Andretti did a great job in the No.27 Snapple Honda coming through the field having started the race in 21st place to finish the event in 13th place just ahead of team mate Alexander Rossi.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
One of these days I’m going to catch a yellow to help us. We worked on strategy and had made it from P21 to P2, but that first yellow killed us. We had pace — after every time somebody pitted, we’d leap frog them and then we had to pit and then you’re green. So it didn’t work out for us in the end.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol Edge /Curb Honda started the race from 12th place and finished in 14th place. Speaking following the race the Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
The opening part of the race was quite good. We got up to P8, I think. Then we had an issue in the pit stops. To have issues in the pits when you’re in yellow, you lose all track position. It’s almost impossible to pass and that pretty much sealed our fate. I think we had okay pace, but when you go to the back of the line on yellow flag, it’s pretty much your day set.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda was left frustrated, having started the race from fourth place on the American had an extremely tough race and came home in 18th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I’m so infuriated and frustrated with today’s result. I don’t really want to get into details or discuss it. The DHL car started P4, was strong and should have have been on the podium today.