Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda ended Saturday night’s sensational Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in the top ten finishing in seventh place.
The Colombian who took the Verizon P1 Award here in June restarted the race from ninth place and worked his way up to seventh. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I was a little disappointed, if I am honest. The positive side, I think, is we got better position than what our speed showed. The balance wasn’t there in the car. After the first stint it wasn’t the balance we expected to have. But, you know, its just racing. Still (finished) seventh, it’s alright with points. Honda did a great job – I’m really happy Honda went P1 and P2. We will have to keep working hard.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol Edge Honda ended the race just outside the top ten in 11th place and speaking following the event the Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
That was a night of trying to stay out of trouble – and we did that. From the first stint I knew our tire life wasn’t where it needed to be. It’s a bit of a mystery. No matter what we did in the pit stops or what I adjusted in the car or any different scenario, we were losing the tires way too early and around here that is a lot of lap time and it cost us. But it was good we kept the Castrol EDGE car out of trouble, drove a clean race and got the points that we did.
Marco Andretti in the United Fibers and Data/Snapple Honda restarted the race from 18th place and came home in 12th place and speaking following the race he said:
I guess we can’t be too unhappy, coming from 18th… But we were really just lacking overall grip. I’m not sure where to start with the car; we’re just a step down on grip than my competitors. There was one stint when I was actually running flat out, and three cars passed me. It’s frustrating. We need more speed and are hoping to find it at The Glen next weekend.
After racing side by side with James Hinchcliffe at the start the race, Ryan Hunter Reay dropped back in the race and came home in 13th place behind Marco Andretti and speaking following the race he stated:
I’m happy to get the car back in one piece tonight. I found out after the race that we had oil leaking over the right rear (tire) every stint but the first. I was just wicked loose the whole day and did everything I could to just keep (the car) off the wall. Really glad we came out okay, but it seems our luck continues. I’m really looking forward to returning to The Glen next week and hoping to get the DHL car up front where it belongs.