Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol Edge with Curb Honda was the highest placed driver of Michael Andretti’s four car stable at the Iowa Corn 300 at the weekend.
The Indianapolis 500 winner and Sunoco Rookie of the year points leader started the race from 17th place and carved his way through the field to finished the race well inside the top ten coming home in sixth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Starting 17th made our life hard. I think we were unlucky in terms of the yellows when they came out because our strength today was in the second half of our tire life. We had really, really good tire life and everyone else was struggling. We were able to stay out but we were never able to take advantage of that. None-the-less a good result from where we started and we’re looking forward to Toronto.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda started the race from 15th place on the grid and ended up finishing the race in 12th place and speaking following the race the Colombian stated:
Man, that was the longest race of my career in IndyCar. We struggled a lot for grip – I didn’t have any confidence in the car. We were just chasing the car the whole race, changing and never could get the balance in the car. We have to now think about Toronto. This was a tough race for the whole team.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data/Snapple Honda started the race from 19th place and ended up coming home in 14th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Another disappointing result. I had to come from the back and it was hard to pass. We gave it all we had. We took a risk on strategy, which of course didn’t pay off – so here we are with a 14th-place finish.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from 20th place but was forced to retire from the race on lap 105 with a mechanical problem and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It [the engine] just popped without warning but that was the least of our problems today. That was the most out of shape I think we have ever been. I’m not really sure. We’re going to have to look at it. I couldn’t get out on my own way out there on a track that I absolutely love and that this team has historically been so good at. It just goes to show you that you can never get ahead of yourself. You always have to keep working. You always have to find a way to be faster. We came here for a test and it was a pretty productive test and had some hard times there but wow this was really bad today. It was something I just couldn’t find a solution to. We tried some significant changes. Not huge but significant ones trying to settle the rear. My big problem was I could not get around a car at all. If I got around a car it felt like I lost two thousand pounds of downforce. On mid to late tires I was just skating around on top of the track like I had no wings on the car. It was amazing. I had never felt anything like that.