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GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA
RACE REPORT
09.17.17

The sun has set on another year of American open-wheel competition as the Verizon IndyCar Series championship has come to a close at Sonoma Raceway.

It was a season of highs and lows for the Andretti Autosport quartet of drivers, taking home only two race wins, but yet savoring the elusive milk of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With the IndyCar stable locked in for the coming season, 2018 starts now.

No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

  • Started 11th // Finished 7th
  • Championship: 12th (388 pts.)
  • Of Note: Challenged for a top-five finish during his 200th career IndyCar start.

“I think we pretty much maximized our pace today. We probably could have gotten Rahal, but I couldn’t hold him on black [tires]. I was on cold blacks and I locked up, so I did the best I could to keep him behind me. It was pretty obvious the Penske cars were in a league of their own so we were just trying to maximize what we had going on. We don’t come here to finish seventh but it’s a decent result, it’s something to build on. I really think the [2018] package will be way more to my strengths. I struggle in the high-speed corners, I struggled in [Turn] 6 today so I need to get a grip on that. I don’t just want to turn the page after not being great this year, I want to figure out why we weren’t great. I have no doubt next year we can be on it. I tidied up my street course game which was my old weakness so I think if we get my strength back on the short ovals, where I used to be good, who knows?”

No. 28 DHL Honda

  • Started 7th // Finished 8th
  • Championship: 9th (421 pts.)
  • Of Note: Recorded eight top-10 finishes this season, today’s result moved the American driver up one position in the points standings.

“I don’t know what happened on the start, but [our lane] didn’t go and I got jumped by three or four cars there. It was kind of a mess. We were just in recovery mode from there, trying to get back up where we started. We made some setup changes before the race that didn’t work out. Often in this sport it’s trial and error, and we found what didn’t work today. Disappointing finish to the race but all in all, looking at where we were in the championship points leaving Indy, to finish ninth in the championship, we clawed our way back many, many spots. But, we’re here to win races, win championships and we’ve certainly had our fair share of misfortune this year but there’s also a lot we could have done better. We’ll have to put all that together and hopefully have a little bit better luck next year and be a stronger overall effort.”

No. 26 Dickinson Fleet Services Honda

  • Started 5th // Finished 20th
  • Championship: 8th (441 pts.)
  • Of Note: Made contact with teammate Alexander Rossi early in the race which resulted in a flat right rear tire and an unexpected pit stop. Sato retired from the race 23 laps early due to a mechanical issue.

“It was an unforgettable season. I had a great time in the team and we are so bonded for the No. 26 boys. I can’t thank every single person in the entire Andretti Autosport family enough. It was a great time and we achieved something, an unbelievable win. [Today’s result is] a shame, we wanted to finish strong but this is motor racing. I really appreciate everybody’s support. Thank you for everything. It’s been a tough, roller coaster season but we showed tremendous speed, especially for the last six races. It’s unbelievable, always one of the top Hondas. That’s something I’m really proud of with the No. 26 boys and it was a fabulous year so thank you for everything.”

No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda

  • Started 8th // Finished 21st
  • Championship: 7th (494 pts.)
  • Of Note: Suffered a mechanical issue after the first stop, but the NAPA AUTO PARTS crew worked to get the car back on track and pick up a position and additional points.

“It was a pretty disappointing day, to have a mechanical issue after the first stop. I think we were in a pretty decent position to possibly get in the top five after our opening stint but it wasn’t meant to be today. A huge shout out to the NAPA AUTO PARTS team and the Andretti-Herta boys for the hard work back in the garage to get us back out there, we picked up another spot. To close the season off this way is disappointing but at the same time, there’s a huge amount of positives we can take from the year and I can’t wait to get started again in 2018.”

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA QUALIFYING REPORT

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA QUALIFYING REPORT 09.16.17 For the first time in 2017, all four Andretti Autosport Hondas advanced together to the second round of qualifying. The field of 22 will take the green flag for tomorrow’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at 6:50 p.m. ET. Coverage of the 85-lap race will be available live…

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GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA PRACTICE REPORT

GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA PRACTICE REPORT 09.15.17 The sunny skies of Northern California welcomed two practice sessions through the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway today. The quartet of Andretti drivers concluded the second practice running inside the top 10. Qualifying for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be broadcast live on NBC…

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Group One Thousand One Enters IndyCar with Veach, Andretti

Group One Thousand One Enters IndyCar with Zach Veach Mazda Road to Indy veteran will pilot No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship with Andretti Autosport SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2017) – Starting in 2018, Zach Veach will take the wheel of the No. 26 Group One Thousand One…

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Zach Veach will pilot No. 26 Honda in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship

Zach Veach Completes the Ladder with Andretti Autosport Mazda Road to Indy veteran will pilot No. 26 Honda in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 13, 2017) – Starting in 2018, Zach Veach will take the wheel of the No. 26 Honda Indy car as the fourth entry in Andretti Autosport’s Verizon IndyCar Series effort….

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Race Preview

Verizon IndyCar Series OF NOTE: Marco Andretti will make his 200th career Verizon IndyCar Series start on Sunday when he takes on the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the track where he won his first Verizon IndyCar Series race in 2006 Takuma Sato will wear a black and yellow paint scheme to kick off the extended multi-year partnership with Dickinson…

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Dickinson Fleet Services Extends Multi-Year Partnership with Andretti Autosport

 

Dickinson Fleet Services Extends Multi-Year Partnership with Andretti Autosport
Takuma Sato to Pilot No. 26 Dickinson Fleet Services Honda at Sonoma Season Finale

NDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 11, 2017) – Indianapolis-based fleet maintenance and repair company, Dickinson Fleet Services has solidified a multi-year renewal with Andretti Autosport and will continue to build on the established relationship throughout the upcoming INDYCAR seasons. To kick off this expanded relationship, the No. 26 Honda of reigning Indianapolis 500 Champion Takuma Sato will carry black and yellow for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway Sunday.

Joining Michael Andretti’s armada of racing teams in May of 2016, Dickinson Fleet Services became the Official Service Provider and Fleet Management Company of Andretti Autosport. Providing preventative maintenance and ensuring that the team transporters arrive at racetracks safely, the relationship with Dickinson Fleet Services has proved essential for the success across the entire organization.

“When we travel to IndyCar races, we travel with 10 tractor-trailers every weekend. The fleet maintenance of our transporters is just as essential as the maintenance of our race cars,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “Dickinson Fleet Services has performed above and beyond and is a key part of keeping our team rolling. Not only are they professional and the best in the business when it comes to fleet maintenance, but they’re also just right down the road here in Indianapolis.”  

“Andretti Autosport has the highest expectations for performance, safety and winning,” said Ted Coltrain, Executive Officer, Dickinson Fleet Services. “We pride ourselves on providing maintenance excellence and safety at every level of our service. The entire team at Dickinson Fleet Services is honored to be recognized by Andretti Autosport as a vital partner in their success both on and off the track.  We look forward to being  part of Andretti Autosport’s winning tradition for many years to come.”   

The Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off its last race of 2017 at Sonoma Raceway with practice starting at 1 p.m. ET Friday, Sept. 15. Tune in to NBC Sports Network Sunday, Sept. 18, to catch all the racing action live for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

 

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN RACE REPORT

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN RACE REPORT 09.03.17 It was a cold and rainy day at Watkins Glen International but after the rain cleared, it was Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay covered in champagne showers as they took the top and third steps of the victory podium, respectively. The Verizon IndyCar…

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Qualifying Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
QUALIFYING REPORT
09.02.17

No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda
STARTING POSITION: 1st
QUALIFYING TIME: 01:22.4639
Recorded his first career pole position, clinching the top time on the final lap of the session
“[The last lap] was the big lap we needed. The lap before was pretty good, but they came on the radio and said, ‘you need at least a tenth.’ So, we went for it, dug deep. The NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti Honda has been so good since we rolled off, we’ve never been lower than fifth. It’s amazing to finally accomplish this, especially on the back of the announcement on Friday, and I think it’s been a long time coming, so it’s just nice to finally get that. The whole team has been working so hard, and they deserve this. I’m really proud of the whole 98 effort right now.”

No. 26 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda
STARTING POSITION: 4th
QUALIFYING TIME: 01:22.5660
Made his fifth Firestone Fast Six appearance of 2017
“We tested here a few weeks ago to learn different philosophies. It seems to be working well for the team. Ryan [Hunter-Reay] and Marco [Andretti] have been very competitive this weekend, and we all feel very positive. In the end, I want to say congrats to Alexander [Rossi]. He did a tremendous job to beat us all. A bit of a shame that we got beaten by a tenth [of a second]. The entire Andretti Autosport team worked together and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

No. 28 DHL Honda
STARTING POSITION: 7th
QUALIFYING TIME: 01:22.9854
Missed the Firestone Fast Six by just .0032 after a strong showing all day in the DHL Honda
“Just two-hundredths of a second would have put us fifth – two hundredths of a second. It just shows how tight this series is. You always have to get the max out of every corner. We were just on the wrong side of it today. That was really close – really we wanted be in that Fast Six so we could continue to improve the DHL car. We’ll have to go get them tomorrow – we can do that from seventh.”

No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
STARTING POSITION: 20th
QUALIFYING TIME: 01:24.1779
“We obviously wanted better out of qualifying today, but I’m struggling in the high-speed corners so the result is on me. The teammates have shown good speeds — and congrats to Alex on his pole, that was a mega lap — but I just haven’t been able to put it together. We’ll look at everything tonight and may have to get creative with strategy tomorrow, and will have to see what the weather brings. We’re starting P20 so we’re down, but we’re not out.”

 

Practice Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

 

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
PRACTICE REPORT
09.01.17

No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda
Ranked second on the charts in the morning practice session
Finished the day fifth overall with a best lap time of 1:23.1124
Announced today that Rossi will return to Andretti in 2018 with NAPA AUTO PARTS
“It was a pretty good Friday. I think we’re pretty competitive up to third, but the top two guys are a bit ahead of us. It’s the normal culprits on high-commitment road courses, so we’ll work overnight. There’s a bit of room in the car that I think we know where it is to improve. Overall, we’re feeling confident in the NAPA AUTO PARTS car this weekend.”

No. 28 DHL Honda
Finished the day eighth overall with a best lap time of 1:23.4683
“Following a really good test here, we’re scratching our heads in a few areas because I was really happy with the DHL car a few weeks ago. Hopefully we’ll find it tonight when we put our heads together and hopefully roll out with a better car tomorrow. With all that said, were not that far off – we’re within in reach, we just need to make the necessary changes.”

No. 26 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda
Finished the day ninth overall with a best lap time of 1:23.5152
“It was a productive day. We had a good test here about a month ago, but the conditions today were quite different – I guess that is due to the change in wind direction. I was quite surprised at how different [the car] acted and we had to catch a lot of balance to correct it. In the end, the car was better – not the best though. We still have a lot of work to do before tomorrow to find the speed, but it was a positive direction. Hopefully tomorrow morning is better.”

No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
Sat eighth on the time charts following the morning practice session
Finished the day 17th overall with a best lap time of 1:23.8742
“We had a pretty decent start to the day and showed some competitive speeds in the first practice. Everything was going good in Practice 2, then about midway through we lost balance in the rear in a big way. Not having rear grip really hurt my pace. We went from running decent to running bad. We need to get the rear grip back and hopefully it will help.”

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