Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda started Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway from tenth place on the grid and came home in fifth place and speaking following the action he commented say
“It was a nice rebound from the problems that we had yesterday.Obviously a DNF yesterday was pretty awful, but to come out starting 10th, finish fifth, gain some good spots with pit stops and have a fast car in the Gainbridge Honda is a pretty good day. Unfortunately it’s just really tough to pass here, but once we got around that and had a good strategy and good pit stops, we were able to make up some spots. I couldn’t really do much out there, so today was all on the crew to make up the spots. The Gainbridge crew did such a great job in the pits and I’m just happy to be powered by Honda.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from up eleven places from his starting position of 21st place and came home in tenth place and speaking following the race he commented saying:
“Today was a lot better than yesterday. Last night we had a lot of tire vibrations, so we made big setup changes and I was a lot happier with the DHL Honda tonight. Unfortunately we had to start from the back. That one qualifying session getting rained out really hosed us this weekend. Regardless we made some good changes and the guys did a great job in the pits, but then we had brake drag which was really slowing us down. We got on the right strategy with Sato that could’ve been a top-two or a top-three finish, but things just didn’t pan out. The yellow came out again which put our strategy aside, but we were able to hold on for a top 10. Brake drag and another untimely yellow kept us from it today, but we’ll keep fighting and hopefully it goes our way in Indy.”
It was another disappointing race for James Hinchcliffe as the Mayor of HinchTown suffered his second retirement in a row after being caught up in the first lap incident however that was not the cause of his retirement, the Canadian suffered a mechanical issue and forced to retire.
Speaking following the race he said:
First and foremost, I have to give the 29 crew huge credit for all the work they had to do last night to get the car ready. We had to switch to a backup car, and they put in a lot of hours to get it going. Unfortunately, after we got through that wreck at the start, we noticed that something didn’t feel right in the back of the car. We came in and found a small problem, tried to go back out and it still didn’t feel 100% correct so we came back to the garage to do a full set-down. Ultimately, being that many laps down by the time we went back out, it wasn’t worth risking anything. We’ve just got to swallow this one. It sucks. It’s been a bad weekend for Andretti Autosport all around, I feel bad for everybody – the 29 car especially. But we’re getting a season’s worth of bad luck out of the way so when we get to Indy the milk will taste that much sweeter.
Alexander Rossi also retired from the race having been caught up in the first lap incident and speaking following the race he commented saying:
I’m glad everyone was okay – you never want to see that. Pietro got into Sebastien, which turned him into me and I was just an innocent bystander at that point. It’s crazy that two years in a row we’ve had a race where we get taken out before it even goes green. Honestly, it’s because we didn’t qualify. I don’t understand how we sit around all day and you don’t allow cars to qualify for a race that doesn’t have any weather issues. I don’t think the 27 AutoNation / NAPA Honda should have been starting 15th. I understand yesterday that we wanted to get the race in and I’m all for that. It’s just frustrating when you set the grid on points when you have a full day with no other track activity. It’s the same for everyone but I feel like, for us, we didn’t have a 15th-place grid car. It’s pretty crazy, but we’ll reset and go forward in Indy in a couple weeks.