Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda said that is how it goes sometimes as he finished the season in third place in the championship after finishing the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in sixth place.
Speaking following the race he said:
You can’t take away from the fact that Josef led (the championship after) all but one race this season. And from a sporting perspective, probably the right guy won. He came into this thing with a pretty big lead and if it had gone away on double points I would have loved it, but ultimately it probably wouldn’t have been the outcome that should have happened. Josef did a great job, Simon did a good job there at the end, and we just were a couple points short.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda rounded off the season with a tenth place finish at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and speaking following the race he said:
We had a good start and picked up a spot. On our first stop, we had an issue where the car stalled. Not sure what the reason yet – looks like a timing issue with selecting first gear or potentially a boost issue. We fell to last and had to pass 12 cars to make it up to where we finished in 10th. We had a fun day out there and I passed a lot of cars. But it made it more work than it needed to be. We picked up a position in points but then tied with Colton (Herta).”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda finished the race in 14th place and speaking following the action he said:
We just didn’t get all of the fuel in on the first stop. We had to drive a defensive race with an arm tied behind our back the whole time. The potential was so much greater. The U.S. Concrete car was hooked up. We had a monster start. We did everything we needed to do. We just didn’t get all of the fuel in on that first stop and that set the day.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda finished the race in 18th place and speaking afterwards he said:
We were a bit of a pinball out there today. We made a mistake on our side, had the car way too low with the fuel load. We really struggled the first five to six laps of a stint because the bottoming was so bad. The team did an awesome job to combat that with tire pressures and other things. We figured it out after our first stop and were on our way moving forward and got up to 14th, running right behind Marco (Andretti), then was just under fire from Spencer Pigot. He just cooked it a little too hard in the corner and punted both of us off of Turn 2. That was frustrating. We lost a few spots in that incident then when I got to the Corkscrew, I got hit again and pushed off the track and lost another three spots. It was a bad lap but we did the best we could with what we had. I can’t thank Gainbridge enough for everything this year. My entire crew and Mark Bryant and everything he has done to help me for these last four races. It has been such a good end of the year for us as far as getting things done.”
Conor Daly had a disappointing day in the No.25 US Air Force Honda as he came home in 22nd place following a spin which in turn stalled his Honda engine.
The AMR safety team were able to get him back underway and speaking following the race he said:
“After sort of getting shoved off the track at the beginning, I think we had a pretty good car. Our car conserved tires really well and treated our tires nicely to be able to make some moves back forward. I misjudged trying to go around Marco (Andretti). I thought he was giving me the position then I got in the marbles too much in the brake zone. That was my fault. It’s a shame, that’s on me. After that, I was just driving around. It was great to represent U.S. Air Force this weekend. We had a few difficult times but just tried to the best we could.”