The bad luck just keeps coming for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe. The Mayor of HinchTown qualified for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in 19th place and unfortunately for the Canadian, he was on the back foot before the race even started as an electrical issue on the formation lap saw him start the race from the pit-lane.

The Mayor of HinchTown was forced to retire from the race and was classified in 15th place as a result and speaking following the event he said:

Unfortunately for us our day was kind of over before it started. We had an electrical issue on the warmup lap that forced us to come in. We were three laps down by the time we got out on track. It’s crazy to think we had so many yellows and we weren’t able to get a single one of those laps back with the way the yellows fell. We were hoping as the race went on, we’d be able to work some of those back and at least be on the lead lap. Just our luck. We had the issue then couldn’t catch any yellows to get laps back. It kind of became a race of survival for us, just staying out of the way. It’s a shame because the 29 Genesys car was actually pretty strong when we were running with the guys. We just wanted to bring it home in one piece after seeing a bunch of guys make mistakes, and guys that we were up against it in points have bad days when we kind of salvaged a finish. Tough to have a day start like that, but a reasonable finish all things considered.

Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda started the race from second place and led the event before having to retire from the lead with a broken driveshaft. Speaking following the race he said:

“The driveshaft broke, there was nothing I could have done there. We were so fast. We were so good at saving fuel. We were going to go a lap longer than [Josef] Newgarden on this run, and we were faster than him, so I was feeling so good. It just sucks for Gainbridge, Honda, the whole group. This isn’t how Andretti performs, this is not how they operate their cars – it’s just a fluke thing. It’s just frustrating that it happens when we are in the lead. We haven’t had the best stream of luck in the last few weekends. Hopefully we can turn it around in the last three.”

Having just come out of the pits on lap 201, Alexander Rossi made contact with the wall at Turn 2 and was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the event he said:

“I had a big wiggle at the apex and then correcting it, it just moved us up half a lane and into the marbles. I thought it was going to come back. It was 100% my fault, there’s nothing more to say. It was a pretty minimal mistake, but a huge consequence. The team – the NAPA Andretti Honda guys – did a great job all night. We made up the fuel that we needed to get back on sequence. I think we could have easily been third, it was going to be tough to beat Josef [Newgarden] and Pato [O’Ward], because we were all fuel saving and it’s a track-position race. It’s a bummer. I just can’t catch a break – but this one’s on me. We just have to reset and move on.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from 13th and came home in seventh and speaking following the action he said:

“That’s a wrap at Gateway. I had a good race, a phenomenal start – that was a lot of fun, going around the outside from 14th to seventh. From there, I think we were on a really good strategy. We went fast, we were leap-frogging people in the pit cycle. It would have been really nice to see that pan out. Kind of par for the course, the yellow came out right when we needed it not to. There’s nothing you can do about that. The 28 team gave me a great shot today. We had some speed when we needed it. Things needed to roll our way with that strategy, unfortunately they didn’t, and we ended up seventh.”

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