Andretti Autosport capped a great week for the team on Saturday during the opening race of the Dual in Detroit weekend as three of their four cars finished in the top ten.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Magnetti Marelli Honda started Saturday’s race from 5th place and the Colombian was delighted with the speed of the car but left frustrated with the cautions that came out during the race. Speaking following the race he stated:
Again another race where strategies and cautions played a big factor. The Magneti Marelli car was fast out there. The risk we took to stay out longer didn’t work a lot and in the end, I had to save a lot of fuel. The good thing is the fuel number I had to reach was so high, I am happy I could hit that number while being fast. But, we finished sixth after a gamble and are climbing in the championship points, which I am happy about.
Ryan Hunter Reay who having started from 15th place was penalized for blocking the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet of Tony Kanaan which resulted in the Hunter Reay having to give a place back to Kanaan however in the end he finished ahead of the Brazilian in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Commenting following the race, Hunter Reay stated:
Our strategy was all over the place today – just one of those Detroit races, you never know what’s going to be the right call. You just have to go with it and stick to it. We spent half the race saving fuel in the DHL car, trying to make a certain strategy work. Then we found out our fuel numbers were wrong, we didn’t need to save that much fuel maybe. Unfortunate, because we finished seventh while saving fuel and maybe could have challenged for a bit higher.
Following on from his victory last week at the Indianapolis 500 Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda put on another great performance. Starting the race from 17th place the Californian came through the field to finish the race in 10th place just ahead of Takuma Sato.
Speaking after the race he stated:
Starting 17th on any street track is going to be tough. We did a decent job maximizing our potential – I believe we could’ve gained a couple more positions though. I think generally it was an okay result. It is very important we qualify the NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda higher on the grid tomorrow so we have a better ability to prove we have a great race car.
Marco Andretti had a disappointing race as he started from 19th place but was only able to make up three places in the race and came home in 16th place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Not a great result for us today. I battled with the back end of the car all day and wasn’t able to save fuel like we needed to. Without being able to make the mileage, we just got crushed. But, we get to do it all over again tomorrow, so we’ll take a look at the UFD / Vernors car tonight and come back fighting again for Race 2.