Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda kept up the pressure on NTT IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden by coming home in third place in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.
The Californian has closed to four points behind Newgarden following his third place finish at Exhibition Place.
Speaking following the race, Rossi said:
I think that we knew going into today that we didn’t have a race-winning car and it would take a little bit of luck to get that. The two in front of us drove a great race, so to be able to finish in front of Josef (Newgarden) and get a trophy is a good day. Huge hats off to the No. 27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys – great pit stops, good strategy and we did what we needed to do today.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 UniFirst Honda finished the race in 10th place and speaking following the event he said:
Decent day for the UniFirst team. We salvaged something after we got spun by (Graham) Rahal on the start. To salvage a top 10 after being spun isn’t bad. We had higher hopes, but we got spun on the start. On to Iowa.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda came home in 13th place and speaking following the race he said:
Overall, it was just a tough weekend. I feel like we got some momentum back in the race to be able to go from 18th to 13th and lead some laps that just happened because of strategy along the way. There’s still a lot more that we need to do – or I need to do – a little better. But compared to the past couple of races we’ve had, we’ll take it and have an even better one at Iowa
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda came home in 16th having started the race from 11th.
Speaking following the race he said:
“It was a nightmare of a day. We got dumped on Lap 1 and went to last. We came in early to pit for primary tires and get on an off strategy. We started to settle into a rhythm and then my seat belts came loose, so we had to come in. From there we were just doomed; hoping for a Hail Mary or some type of yellow to come at the right time. We just missed the balance today overall. Hoping for a better weekend in Iowa.”