Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda believes that the marshal’s waving the blue flags for no apparent reason during his final stint in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid Ohio sports car course on Sunday cost him the chance of victory.
The Canadian who is on target to win the 2018 Sunoco rookie of the year award felt he had the pace to catch and overtake race winner Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda but finished the race in second place.
Wickens said that he felt the blue flag situation towards the end of the race was comical.
The Canadian felt that the blue flags being waved for Tony Kanaan and Takuma Sato towards the end of the event ruined his race.
Speaking following the race, Wickens said:
We stuck to our guns and I thought our strategy worked well. The problem is, on my third stint, I just got stuck in a whole gaggle of cars. Unfortunately, they were on reds (Firestone alternate tires) and I was on blacks (Firestone primary tires), and I couldn’t make it through and just lost loads of time. I was probably losing about a second a lap for a good 10-15 laps. It’s unfortunate. Nevertheless, the Lucas Oil car went from P5 to P2, I can’t complain.”