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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY TORONTO RACE REPORT

07.15.18 The checkered flag has flown over the streets of Toronto, the final street race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. After an action-filled, dramatic race, the team heads home with a trio of top-10 finishes with rookie Zach Veach leading the way. We now look forward to a clean slate and the chance to…

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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY TORONTO QUALIFYING REPORT

07.14.18 The starting grid has been set for Round 12 of Verizon IndyCar Series competition on the streets of Toronto. Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay led the team effort in qualifying, both advancing to the Firestone Fast Six. The 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto will broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET. No….

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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY TORONTO PRACTICE REPORT

07.13.18 Two practices down, one more to go before the field of 23 qualify tomorrow for the Honda Indy Toronto. The qualifying session will go green at 1:55 p.m. ET with delayed coverage available at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. No. 98 OBERTO CIRCLE K / CURB HONDA Finished the day third overall…

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Race Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
IOWA CORN 300
RACE REPORT
07.08.18
The checkered flag went flying at Iowa Speedway late Sunday afternoon and completed the misfortune-filled race for Andretti Autosport. The team heads back to Indianapolis for a quick turn-around before heading north of the border to compete on the streets of Toronto.

Coverage for the Honda Indy Toronto begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

Qualifying Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

IOWA CORN 300
QUALIFYING REPORT
07.07.18
With qualifying complete, the field of 22 will take to the 0.875-mile oval this evening for one last practice session before Sunday’s 300-lap race. Practice 2 will go green at 6:45 p.m. ET tonight.
The cars will take the grid tomorrow for the main event with the green flag waving over Iowa Speedway at 2:40 p.m. ET. Live coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
No. 28 DHL HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 3rd
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 180.681 mph
“We just missed it a little bit – but good job by the team, the 28 car was decent. We got a little bit light overall – I couldn’t commit to full throttle leaving the corner, just a bit too much understeer. It’s unfortunate to not be on Pole, but when we miss it and we are still starting P3, it’s not too bad. Tomorrow is where all the points are paid, and I think we can get the DHL team a fourth Iowa Corn 300 win.”
No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA
  • STARTING POSITON: 5th
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 179.801 mph
“We missed the balance a little bit on the NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti Honda, but at the end of the day we were competitive this morning and pretty strong in the test. I’m not concerned about the car that we have. It’s just always difficult sometimes when you have different rubber and are trying to predict. We just predicted a little bit wrong today, but this race is a crazy one. I actually love this race – it’s one of my favorite ovals. I’m looking forward to tomorrow night, this will by far be the best starting spot I’ve had around here and hopefully we can execute on that.”
No. 26 RELAY / GROUP 1001 HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 14th
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 177.809 mph
“I was completely confused by our [qualifying] run, honestly. This morning, the car was perfect to the top five – on edge even. We didn’t change anything at all and come out for qualifying and had a ton of understeer. Obviously, the track changed a bunch and we just didn’t do enough to account for it. We’ll start 14th, which is much lower than we wanted but the team has had strong cars here, so we’ll work on things more tonight and do our best to charge our way through tomorrow.”
No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 19th
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 174.548 mph
“The qualifying run today was the closest I’ve come to crashing here since I crossed the finish line backwards a couple years ago. I don’t know how we missed it that much, we weren’t too bad in Practice 1 but in qualifying the car felt horrible. We were super loose, and I felt like I was turning right the whole time.”

Race Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
RACE REPORT
06.24.18

After 55 laps at Elkhart Lake’s National Park of Speed, Ryan Hunter-Reay collects another podium finish for the Andretti team, driving the 28 DHL Honda to second place. The team leaves Road America with three drivers in the top 10 in points standings.

The Verizon IndyCar Series now breaks for a weekend, returning to competition at Iowa Speedway July 8.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • TARTED 3rd // FINISHED 2nd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (348 pts. // tie with Rossi)
  • OF NOTE: Today’s second-place finish is Hunter-Reay’s fourth podium finish of 2018 // Climbs from fourth to second in the points standings, tied with teammate Alexander Rossi 

“Hats off to Josef [Newgarden], he did a great job. I thought we had the pace for him early on, but after we took that second to last set of [Firestone] reds — and then at the end with him on the new reds — I could keep up with him for a bit, but then in the dirty air I just couldn’t do anything with him. That’s about all we had today. I thought the car was really good. I was hoping to make it a better show for the fans – I was hoping to get up there and make it interesting. I gave it 110% the whole way. Big thanks to the 28 DHL team – rock stars in the pit lane and continuing the consistency.”

MARCO ANDRETTI, No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA

  • STARTED 15th // FINISHED 11th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 9th (232 pts)
  • OF NOTE: Took the green flag from 15th and worked his way to P9 by the second lap

“I made the call to go to blacks at the end when we should’ve gone with reds – so that cost us a top 10.  I just completely lost the front and went off the track. I  made an error there at the end of the race. I think I cost us a top 10 today.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI, No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • STARTED 4th // FINISHED 16th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (348 pts. // tie with Hunter-Reay)
  • OF NOTE: Maintained strong position in the top five until a mechanical issue on Lap 37 dropped Rossi to 11th // The NAPA Racing crew worked swiftly during an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 38 to repair front camber shims that had worked their way loose

“I definitely think we had a car to fight for a podium finish. It wasn’t enough to win today, but halfway though the second stint we had some camber shims fall out of the left front tire which made it pretty undrivable. It’s disappointing that something like that happened. It’s the way the world and racing works sometimes, but we’re still second in the championship and we’ll move focus to Iowa.”

ZACH VEACH, No. 26 RELAY / GROUP 1001 HONDA

  • STARTED: 11th // FINISHED 22nd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 16th (155 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Started suffering handling issues in the first stint and completed his first pit stop on Lap 13 // The 26 crew discovered a toe-link issue during an unschedule pit stop on Lap 18, the issue was repaired and Veach returned to the track

“We had something come loose on the steering racks. Basically one of the lock nuts that keep the toe-links in their position with the steering racks came loose. At the start I had a good start up to P8 into Turn 1 and then the steering wheel started going left-hand down further and further to the point where I was going down the straightaway with my hands at 7 and 2, so it was kind of strange. Our fear was it was going to put us in the wall so we stopped, luckily. My crew did a great job – they found it and fixed it but from that point on it set our fate to have no yellows here at Road America. We keep showing people we belong in the top-10 and we keep having performances to get us there but little things keep taking us out of it. I think people are noticing the speed that we have – we just need a little bit of luck.”

Qualifying Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
QUALIFYING REPORT
06.23.18

When the Kohler Grand Prix goes green Sunday, it will be an all Andretti second row with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi lining up third and fourth, respectively. Teammates Zach Veach and Marco Andretti will take the grid 11th and 15th after today’s qualifying session.

Catch all 55 laps of racing from Road America at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN and via the IndyCar Radio Network with Sirius 214 / XM 209.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • STARTING POSITION: 3rd
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 01:43.3811

“We didn’t test here so we were a bit behind the 8-ball but we made the right changes with the DHL car, and I think we put a good effort out today. I was hoping to go one better at practice and be P2 but starting third is somewhere we can work from tomorrow in the race. It’s going to be interesting with no warm-up and trying to get the right setup on the race car but it’s the same for everybody. We have an idea with where we are with older tires so we’ll try and estimate where we need to be with the setup and put our best effort out there. To fight at it from third is a good thing so we can do it from there.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI, No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • STARTING POSITON: 4th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 01:43.4361

“We can do a lot from fourth. It’s always disappointing when you lead your two groups and miss out on the pole but it’s so close. It’s amazing that around a 4-mile track it’s so tight. It’s just a testament to get to the championship but huge hats off to the whole NAPA Know How team. We really struggled yesterday afternoon and made some good decisions overnight that paid off.”

ZACH VEACH, No. 26 RELAY / GROUP 1001 HONDA

  • STARTING POSITION: 11th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 01:43.2265

“This weekend so far has been really good for us just confidence-wise. To show the speed that we have I think we deserve to be in the top six – the car definitely does. I just made a mistake and just over drove the reds in the top 12 trying to make into the Firestone Fast 6. I calmed myself down and gathered it up but I could only get us up to 11th. We have a great race car and I’m excited to see what we can do on race day.”

MARCO ANDRETTI, No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA

  • STARTING POSITION: 15th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 01:43.9843

“We’ve been slipping backward ever since Practice 1 on the time sheets and just missed it. We’re a little bit loose there. I don’t think I got the most out of Lap 1 and we’re outside looking in by three tenths [of a second] so it’s not like we were that close. Hopefully we’re better with [tire degradation] than we were with new tires. The race is obviously a different pace but you still want to start further up than 15th.”

Practice Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
PRACTICE REPORT
06.22.18

The Verizon IndyCar Series saw two practice sessions today at the historic Elkhart Lake circuit. The field of 23 Indy cars will return to the 4-mile track for qualifying Saturday at 3 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. ET. Full qualifying coverage from Road America will air via tape delay on NBCSB at 6:30 p.m. ET.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO. 28 DHL HONDA

  • Finished the day ninth overall with a best lap time of 01:43.4755
  • Turned a total of 30 laps today, with his best time coming in Practice 2

“We made some progress with the DHL car today, we need to make another step tomorrow. We didn’t really have a clear lap, but if we had, I think we would have been around P4 or P5 and we can work from there. We’ll put our heads down tonight, check in with the teammates and see where we are at tomorrow. We have one more session before qualifying and we’ll put it to good use.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI, No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA

  • Finished the day 10th overall with a best lap time of 01:43.5603
  • Set his best time during Practice 1, where he placed third

“Today wasn’t the best Friday that we’ve had. I think we are stepping through changes and making small improvements, but we didn’t find the big improvement that we need – which is disappointing. Fortunately, we have another session tomorrow and three teammate cars to try and put our heads together and come up with a solution. Right now, we need a pretty big step in performance to be fighting for pole.”

MARCO ANDRETTI, No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA

  • Finished the day 11th overall with a best lap time of 01:43.6221
  • Ranked fifth on the time charts at the end of morning practice

“I was definitely happier with the car this morning. We kind of went in a different direction for the afternoon session and lost the car. We definitely have a clear direction on where we need to go and we’ll put that to use to go forward tomorrow with the U.S. Concrete car.”

ZACH VEACH, No. 26 RELAY / GROUP 1001 HONDA

  • Finished the day 14th overall with a best lap time of 01:43.9088
  • Ended the morning session in P8

“Overall it was a pretty good day for us in the Relay car. We know, confidently, that we have a car good enough to be in the top 10, maybe in the top six. We’re fighting a bit of an issue throughout the second session, but we know what that is, so we’ll fix it and get the speed we need tomorrow. I haven’t felt this confident in an Indy car yet – but I said that at Detroit, and I said that at Texas. I really just feel like we are coming into our own and this is going to be our best weekend yet.”

Race Preview: Kohler Grand Prix

ALEXANDER ROSSI, No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda

“Road America is one of my favorite road courses in the world – I am very excited to be heading there this week as it is also the one track on the schedule that I have a huge amount of history and track time at. We have always had strong pace in Elkhart Lake, but never really gotten a result, so we will be looking to change that this weekend and hopefully close up the gap to the top of the points.”

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
2nd (334 pts.)
STATS AT ROAD AMERICA
STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH
2 15 (2017) 13 (2017)

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, No. 28 DHL Honda

“Road America has always been one of my favorite tracks on the IndyCar schedule. The DHL team had a strong race here last year, so I’m looking forward to building on that and the momentum we’ve had as a team through the last several races.”

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
4th (308 pts.)
STATS AT ROAD AMERICA
STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH
4 2 (2004) 4 (2016)

MARCO ANDRETTI, No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda

“Road America is one of my favorite road courses to drive. The fans there are great and it helps make for one of the greatest settings of the year. Each year, we have a team cookout with my crew where we can just relax after a busy month and a half and reset ourselves for the rest of the season. It would be great to walk out of this weekend with a podium finish for the U.S. Concrete team and continue our forward momentum.”

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
10th (213 pts.)
STATS AT ROAD AMERICA
STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH
2 8 (2017) 12 (2016)

ZACH VEACH, No. 26 Relay/Group 1001 Honda

“Road America is a track that has been good to me in the past. My last time there was in 2016 in an Indy Lights car  – we set a track record, won the first race and finished third in Race 2. I’m hoping that speed helps us out in the Indy car this weekend. The last two weekends have been good for us, as far as progress as a rookie. We were super competitive at Detroit and ran in the top three at one point in Texas. Hopefully we can capitalize on that momentum and have a strong finish at Road America to start the second half of the season off strong.”

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
15th (147 pts.)
STATS AT ROAD AMERICA
STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH
0 (Rookie) N/A N/A

Race Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

With nine races complete on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, the Andretti Autosport team leaves Texas Motor Speedway after 248 laps under the lights. The team heads back to Indianapolis where preparation begins for the next event held at Road America in two weeks time.

No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA
  • STARTED 8th // FINISHED 3rd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (334 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Led seven laps, and now has led laps at seven of nine races so far this season  // Recorded his fifth top-five finish of the season
“Simon did a good job defending. We tried to go up high, and I would have taken it if it was an easy one, but I couldn’t force the issue.  We came home third. The NAPA AUTO PARTS car was awesome from the get-go. We were able to pass some cars and go long on fuel. The tire life was great, so all-in-all a great effort from the 27 team.”

 

No. 28 DHL HONDA
  • STARTED 10th // FINISHED 5th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 4th (308 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Made a strong charge on the start, working the 28 car to fourth before the first pit window // Met aggressive fuel numbers in the closing stages of the race, yet maintained position in the top five and narrowed the points gap 
“The day was solid, but that’s kind of all it was. We just really couldn’t get the car up in the mix at the end – just too much understeer. I couldn’t get close to those guys to join the party. It looked like they were having fun, I just couldn’t get in there. We’ll take the top five for the DHL team. We gained a little in points and that’s what we’re really keeping our eyes on.”

 

No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA
  • STARTED 11th // FINISHED 14th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 10th (213 pts)
  • OF NOTE: Ran as high as fourth // Car stalled in pit lane due to a clutch failure costing the 26 valuable laps and track position while the issue was resolved
“We were running a legitimate fourth and the clutch failed during our stop. From them on we had no clutch the whole race. I had the clutch in, grabbed first and then it just stalled and wouldn’t restart for five laps. We had just gotten by Ryan and the car was coming into its own. The U.S. Concrete car had the pace to win the race and we just had to cruise the rest of the way.”

 

No. 26 RELAY / GROUP 1001 HONDA
  • STARTED: 16th // FINISHED 16th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 15th (147 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Finished the day the highest rookie // Shown as high as third before coming into the pits for his first stop // Tapped the wall coming out of Turn 2 damaging the rear toe-link, losing 10 laps during the repair
“Things started off really well. We drove from 16th to third on the first stint – which just showed what kind of car we had. It was the best car I’ve had in my career, the best car I’ve had in IndyCar so hats off to my engineer and the entire Relay / Group 1001 team. Then the rookie side of me came in during the second stint. I just got too high running through Turn 2 trying to get air. I got the right rear into the wall and bent a toe-link and went 10 laps down. From that point on we were just fighting as hard as we could. I honestly think we had a car for the top five, possibly the top three, we passed everyone up to Dixon basically – even though we were laps down. That just shows the strength we had. My crew gave me something special and I just didn’t get the job done with it. But, you know, that’s learning. I’m excited to go on to Road America and then get back on the ovals at Iowa. For me, tonight it felt like a switch finally flipped. I felt like I can run with these guys and push them into the corners and not be afraid to take the way they drive on track. I put myself forward and stood up for myself, and that’s a big key in IndyCar. I finally feel confident enough to do that.”
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