Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb Honda started Sunday’s 85 lap Honda Indy Toronto from eighth place on the grid and made his way through the field to finish the race in second place collecting the best result of his Verizon IndyCar Series career since winning the Indianapolis 500 last year.
Speaking following the race, Rossi commented by saying:
This finish has been a long time coming. We had the Indy win, but I’ve been looking for that first podium and hopefully this will be a foundation to go and chase more wins. I’m relieved that we finally kind of got the monkey off our back. It was a huge turnaround overnight by Andretti Autosport to get the car where it needed to be for the race today. Qualifying was a huge effort for the whole team. I’m very proud of Honda for the effort they’ve made. As we’ve said, this year has been a huge turnaround. Big shoutout to the Toronto fans for coming out to the race. It really is amazing coming here, and hopefully we can carry this momentum on to Mid-Ohio and get a win.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda started the race from eleventh place and made his way through the field to finish the race in fourth place following a great strategy from race engineer Bryan Herta.
Speaking following the race, Andretti commented by saying:
I think [it seemed like] we were quiet all weekend because we got hosed by that yellow in qualifying. But, I think our pace was actually about sixth or seventh so we’re happy to come away with a fourth. My engineer did a good job with the car. We were really balanced. I could really wring it out and we saved fuel at the end. I had a good car here in Toronto. I’m happy for the UFD team; the boys did a great job for us all day in the pits.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda enjoyed a great battle with reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud and finished the race in sixth place having started the event from 16th place.
Speaking following the race, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
We had a bit of a handful today, for sure. The result was a good turnaround, though. Really nice good job by Alex [Rossi], finishing second and Marco [Andretti] grabbing fourth. We had a great battle with Simon [Pagenaud]. I was almost able to hold him off to keep fifth, but we just couldn’t keep it and finished sixth. I just got too loose at the end. I think I burnt the rears off trying to catch Marco. That’s the way it goes, though. Overall, it was a pretty good day and a good turnaround from last year.
Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 #CheckIt4Andretti Honda ended the race in 10th place and ran as high as fifth before finishing the event in 16th place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I’m disappointed with the way the race turned out today. We made a good start, and made a few positions up. Just after the yellow, coming to Turn 3, I was on the outside and then in Turn 4 I was on the inside alongside [Spencer] Pigot and he just turned into me. I was sandwiched by him and the wall and had nowhere to go. We tangled and we got a puncture and that was it. After that there wasn’t another yellow, so I tried to catch up with the field and overtake a few cars but couldn’t get there. It’s a shame; the car worked really well. I think we were one of the strongest of the group in the field in terms of the pace, so it’s really a shame.