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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.

  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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.”

Qualifying Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

With the starting grid set, the field of 22 will race under the lights Saturday for 248 laps at Texas Motor Speedway. Live coverage of the DXC Technology 600 will be available on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 218.894 mph
“I don’t think we had enough for the Front Row, but maybe a Row 2. We just had quite a bit of understeer that built pretty dramatically on the first lap. That’s the way it goes. I think it’s more important to have a car that’s strong. We were pretty happy with the NAPA car this morning and have another practice session tonight. It’s going to be a long night tomorrow night, and it will be about staying out of trouble.”


  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 218.553 mph
“We just have to keep the momentum going – last weekend was a huge weekend for us, but we’ve got to keep it rolling. The points are going to be so valuable, the competition is so close, the competition is so tight that you can’t really afford to give up much as the season rolls along. Hopefully we can put it together here in tonight’s practice – tonight’s practice is going to be so important. We’re starting 10th, and we can absolutely do it from there with a strong car.”


  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 218.430 mph
“I don’t think we had enough for pole, but fortunately it’s 248 laps – a long night tomorrow night. This is a big home race for U.S. Concrete, and we’re proud to carry their colors and look forward to, hopefully, getting them into victory circle tomorrow.”


  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 217.473 mph
“We just missed the tools the first lap. Obviously, you don’t know what you’re getting until you get out there. This being my first time here, I was a little conservative on the first lap and that hurt us. You should be flat through [Turn] 1, I tried to keep it flat as long as I could, but the front end took off on me. I’m kind of kicking myself because the second lap is what he first lap should have also been.”

Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

It was a banner day in Motor City for the “away team” as Honda swept the top six positions in the back yard of their auto giant rival. Occupying two steps on the podium were Andretti drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi in second and third, respectively. Marco Andretti, who started on the pole position led 22 laps on his way to a fourth-place finish, followed by teammate Zach Veach in 12th.

The grid will be set for Detroit’s Dual 2 with Sunday morning qualifying, followed by the 70-lap encore event at 3:50 p.m. ET. Live broadcast will begin at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.


  • STARTED 5th // FINISHED 2nd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (227 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Credited with leading seven laps // Earned his second podium finish of the season

“I was doing qualifying laps out there the whole time. It was physical, just trying to qualify every single lap. Then at the end, with the restarts, my rhythm was kind of thrown off. I had trouble getting the tires clean, and kind of let (Scott) Dixon slip away. I thought, the first couple laps after the green came out on the restart, I had something for him, but I just couldn’t keep the mid-corner speed on the far end of the track to keep up with him and get close enough for the pass. Good job by the No. 28 DHL boys today in the pit lane again. They did an awesome job in Indy and again today, just phenomenal. We just came up a bit short today for the win, but we’ll take a podium.”


  • STARTED 4th // FINISHED 3rd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (276 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Earned his fourth podium finish of the 2018 season, the eighth of his career  // Marked the sixth top-five finish of the season in just seven races // Has taken over the championship lead by four points

“It’s great for Andretti Autosport to finish 2-3-4, it’s great for the team. I think the No. 27 Ruoff Home Mortgage car had the capability to win, but for whatever reason, after pit stops, we just kept coming out behind a slower car and weren’t able to maximize clean air and fresh tire pace. With that being said, when the last restart happened, I knew we didn’t have the pace for the top two, so sometimes you’ve just got to be content with third. It’s great to be back on the podium, it’s great for the team after a very long month of May.”


  • STARTED 1st // FINISHED 4th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 9th (175 pts)
  • OF NOTE: Led all 22 laps from the green flag to his first pit stop // Collected one extra point for being the fastest in Group 2 of qualifying and leading a race lap

“I guess you gotta be happy right? This AutoNation car was a machine and I really think it deserved a podium today. But, you know, we went backwards and that’s not what we wanted to do. You hate to go backwards. We definitely wanted another trophy, I haven’t had a podium in awhile and that’s been getting to me, let alone the win. We’ll do some homework tonight on how we can improve on the race today and do better tomorrow. We want to get the pole and win tomorrow.”


  • STARTED: 16th // FINISHED 12th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 17th (116 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Remains second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings // Ran as high as ninth during the 70-lap race

“I thought we had a really good qualifying car. I think we should have qualified inside the top six, but I just didn’t do the job I needed to during qualifying. I think our car is good, there’s just a couple things I need to improve on tomorrow. Overall – for learning – I think today was very good for us. Obviously 12th isn’t where we want to be finishing races, but for our first race here, I don’t think it’s terrible. Congratulations to my teammates, they’ve done a hell of a good job all weekend, so far. They’re paving the way for me and I’m just learning as much as I can. Detroit is very rough and 70 laps around this place seems like an eternity –tomorrow is going to be a lot of work as well.”

Practice Report: Verizon IndyCar Series

Day 1 of the Detroit Grand Prix has wrapped up and the four Andretti Autosport drivers are feeling confident in their chances to top the podium for tomorrow’s 70-lap event.

Qualifying for Race 1 will go green tomorrow at 10:55 a.m. ET. The session will hold only one round of qualifying with the field split into groups of two. The fastest driver of the session will be awarded the Verizon P1 Award and the remaining drivers in his group will fill in odd-numbered grid spots based on quickest times. The drivers from the second-fastest group will take the even-numbered grid positions.

Race 1 will be broadcast on ABC with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. The green flag will wave over the first race of the double-header event at 3:50.

  • Finished the day first overall with a best lap time of 01:16.3598
  • Has a best start of second on the streets of Belle Isle for Race 2 in both 2016 and 2017
  • Has earned two podium finishes at the Detroit Grand Prix

“It’s a lot of fun around here. You really have to wheel the car to get it done but hats off to the Andretti Autosport team. We came here with a much better car this year. I was really happy with the balance on the DHL car even to start out with. The car was basically doing the fundamentals that I needed it to do, the front was working well, and from there we just kept chipping away at it. It was a good first practice today, but a lot is riding on tomorrow with qualifying and Race 1.”


  • Finished the day fifth overall with a best lap time of 01:16.6198
  • Has a best start of sixth on the streets of Belle Isle (2007)
  • Has a highest finish of second at the Detroit Grand Prix

“It was a pretty good Day 1. We know where the time is, so that’s good. From here we just have small changes, and then hopefully we’re able to execute in qualifying and we can have a really good race for the AutoNation team.”


  • Finished the day eighth overall with a best lap time of 01:16.7898
  • Has a best start of fourth on the streets of Belle Isle for Race 1 in 2017
  • Has a highest finish of fifth at the Detroit Grand Prix

“It was a good day, the Ruoff Home Mortgage car is a fast race car. We had a bit of a disjointed session with going opposite of some people on tire strategy. With that being said, we’re really happy and looking forward to tomorrow. Hopefully there are no curveballs with the weather and we can carry on with where we are.”


  • Finished the day 10th overall with a best lap time of 01:16.8133
  • Tomorrow will mark the rookie’s first start on the streets of Belle Isle

“Day 1 in Detroit is done, and I’m happy with it. I’ve never raced here, so it’s been a little bit of a learning experience. To be seventh quick in the morning, 10th quick in the afternoon and only a tenth out of the top five – I have a lot to feel good about. I think the Relay car is a lot stronger than it showed in the second session. I’m really excited. I’ve never felt more confident that I can start in the top six, and I’ve never felt more confident that I have a car that can run in the top five and put me in a position to win. We just have to make sure we make small changes and make good decisions tomorrow because it’s going to be a busy day.”

Alexander Rossi to Wear Ruoff Home Mortgage at Detroit

The No. 27 Honda of Alexander Rossi will wear the blue and green colors of Ruoff Home Mortgage when the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner hits the streets of Belle Isle this weekend. The double-header event will showcase Rossi’s battle for the championship after remaining second in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings after this year’s Indy 500.

“After a great finish at the Indy track this weekend, we are excited to align ourselves with another name that is synonymous with speed and determination, Alexander Rossi.”  Mark Music, president & CEO of Ruoff Home Mortgage continued, “We couldn’t be more proud of Carlos Munoz, and the rest of the Andretti team, and we think Rossi is ready for another checkered flag finish this weekend.” 

Most recently, Ruoff Home Mortgage dressed the No. 29 car of Carlos Munoz at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, where he finished seventh. Ruoff Home Mortgage and Andretti Autosport began their partnership in 2017 at the Indianapolis 500 where Takuma Sato would go on to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Marco Andretti sported the Indiana-based company on the Streets of St. Petersburg and will see the car back in its Ruoff Home Mortgage livery for the upcoming Mid-Ohio race.

“We are thrilled to be able to expand our partnership with Ruoff Home Mortgage across multiple entries,” said Andretti Autosport CEO, Michael Andretti. “Not only have been fortunate enough to continue building our program together but we have become great friends and we truly think of the whole Ruoff Home Mortgage team as part of our family.” 

Rossi will join teammates Zach Veach (No. 26 Relay / Group 1001 Honda), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) and Marco Andretti (No. 98 AutoNation / Curb Honda) as they take on Motor City.

The Dual in Detroit will see races on both Saturday and Sunday, both beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET with live TV broadcast available on ABC along with radio provided by SiriusXM (Sirius 214, XM 209 and on the SiriusXM app).

AutoNation to Serve as Primary Sponsor for Marco Andretti in Detroit

Longtime Andretti partner AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, will take over the livery of Marco Andretti’s No. 98 machine as the team heads to Detroit’s Belle Isle. The livery will feature the bold colors of the South Florida based company’s Drive Pink campaign, as the third-generation Andretti driver races to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. Since 2013, AutoNation has contributed more than $14 million to cancer related causes.

“We’re very excited to expand our relationship with Andretti Autosport by sponsoring Marco in the Detroit races. We are thrilled that Marco will be joining Ryan Hunter-Reay in supporting AutoNation’s Drive Pink campaign to drive out cancer,” says AutoNation Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Marc Cannon.

AutoNation branding will continue to be featured on the No. 28 DHL car of Ryan Hunter-Reay. AutoNation and Ryan have a longstanding partnership, which includes raising funds for Racing for Cancer, a non-profit organization created to help promote early detection and prevention initiatives.

Andretti will take to the streets of Detroit alongside teammates Zach Veach (No. 26 Relay / Group 1001 Honda), Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) and Alexander Rossi (No. 27 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda) as they take on the Motor City.

The Dual in Detroit will see races on both Saturday and Sunday, both beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET with live TV broadcast available on ABC along with radio provided by SiriusXM (Sirius 214, XM 209 and on the SiriusXM app).

Indy 500: Verizon IndyCar Series // Race Report


  • When the green flag waved and Carlos Munoz crossed the starting line, Andretti Autosport earned its 1,000th Verizon IndyCar Series start.
  • When Zach Veach drove his Relay / Group 1001 machine across the starting line, the team had recorded its 75th start at the Indianapolis 500-mile race.
  • Four Andretti drivers (Hunter-Reay, Munoz, Rossi, Wilson) led at least one lap during the 200-lap event. Since 2003, Andretti Autosport has led laps at 15 of 16 Indy 500 race events, for a total of 808 laps led but the team.
  • For the first time in team history, Andretti Autosport saw six cars running at the finish of the 500-mile race.


  • STARTED: 32nd // FINISHED: 4th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 2nd (241 pts.)
  • Alexander Rossi gained the most positions of any driver (28) from start to finish. This is the highest position improvement since 1992 runner-up Scott Goodyear improved 31 positions after starting 33rd.
  • The 26-year old driver only sits two points behind Indy 500 winner and current points leader Will Power.

“I feel like we did what we could, and we maximized what we had. The NAPA Know How Andretti Honda team did everything right. I don’t look back on anything and wish we’d done anything different. Despite, it was a good day from a championship perspective. We didn’t have enough to win, but congrats to Will [Power].”


  • STARTED: 14th // FINISHED: 5th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 5th (186 pts.)
  • Credited with leading one lap, the 2014 race winner has led laps at five of the last six Indianapolis 500s and has led laps at four of six events on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

“It was a good race all day. When we were all mixed up in traffic, the 28 car was really strong – but once it started stringing out, we just didn’t have it. We really fought hard, but we just didn’t have the speed in the end. But the bigger problem was the lapped traffic. We really had a good race car until we had to deal with guys that were doing 200 mph out there, like Jay Howard. Then [Claman De Melo] came out right at the end in the mix of the top five – I don’t know what teams were thinking. The DHL boys did a great job today, just a little bit too short at the end. But, congrats to Will Power, he definitely has a well-rounded career now.”


  • STARTED: 21st // FINISHED: 7th
  • The Colombian driver has only finished out of the top 10 once at the Indianapolis 500 and has completed every lap in his six starts at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
  • Credited with leading four laps and finished the highest Indy 500-only driver.

“It’s another top 10 for my career, I think I only have one outside the top 10 because of a penalty. I think what hurt me was the yellows towards the end. We had a really good strategy going on, same as Rahal, and we were in a really good place. I think I chickened out a little bit on the restarts because I wasn’t up to speed. That hurt me a little bit on the restarts. I was a little bit cautious, so some people overtook me but at the end of the day I think I gained back all the positions on track. It’s a top seven so… great!”


  • STARTED: 12th // FINISHED: 12th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 11th (141 pts.)
  • The third-generation driver has completed 93.5% of the 2,566 laps possible in his 13 starts at the Indianapolis 500.
  • Ran consistently in the top 10 throughout 200-lap race.

“We seemed to be there in the beginning and then just lost something at the end. We were trying to figure out what it was, but I just lost pace in the end. We were sort of where we needed to be, not really to win the race but right up in the thick of things and we just slipped down. We think we know what it was, but knowing that now makes us a day late and a dollar short. Big thanks to my U.S. Concrete guys for the hard work all month long.”


  • STARTED: 23rd // FINISHED: 15th
  • When Wilson led the 2018 Indianapolis 500, he and his late brother Justin Wilson – who led the race in 2010 and 2015 – became the fourth pair of brothers to have led the race. The other pairs of brothers to lead the Indianapolis 500 are Louis and Gaston Chevrolet, Al and Bobby Unser, Buddy and Jaques Lazier.
  • Was one of 15 leaders in his second Indianapolis 500 start leading three laps.

“It was so close – a helluva strategy call by the team. The No. 25 Driven2SaveLives team did a great job all day. With that strategy call we knew we were gambling – we knew we were rolling the dice. We were just hoping for another yellow flag at the end. I was leading, and I knew we were strong enough and wouldn’t be able to be passed but the yellow just didn’t come. While I was out there leading, I was just out there thinking if it goes yellow now my dreams are made. It didn’t happen, but we led our first laps, we learned a helluva lot this month and it was mad fun, so I’m leaving here with a smile on my face and my head held high.”


  • STARTED: 25th // FINISHED: 23rd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 15th (98 pts.)
  • Had a fueling issue which resulted in a fire in the No. 26 pit box. The fire damaged resulted in damage to the fuel probe sensor which then led to further issues for the remainder of the race.

“It was a long day in general for us to end up where we did – two pit fires and the balance of the car wasn’t where we would’ve liked it to be, so we had to work on it the entire time. We finally got it close the last couple stops but, just my mistake. I took us in a direction on a setup that I thought was going to be good, but I think that’s what hurt us come race day. Overall though, I’m just really grateful to have my first ‘500’ with the team under my belt and can’t thank my teammates and my Relay crew enough for all the hard work.”

Stefan Wilson Qualifies 23rd for Second Indianapolis 500 Attempt

Stefan Wilson Qualifies 23rd for Second Indianapolis 500 Attempt INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (May 20, 2018) – In his return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Stefan Wilson starred during qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. During yesterday’s Bump Day, the driver of the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Intelisys Honda qualified 22nd out of 35 cars. Today,…

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Indy 500: Verizon IndyCar Series // QUALIFYING

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE QUALIFYING REPORT 05.20.18 No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA Will start the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from the 12th spot after averaging a four-lap speed of 227.288 mph Andretti’s best start was in third in 2013 // Has started in the first three rows nine times…

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Qualifying Quotes – Bump Day – Andretti Autosport

Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda)

“All in all, it was a pretty positive day for the 28 team. We certainly didn’t expect to make the Fast Nine – but we had to give it every chance we could. To end up 14th I think is pretty positive. We’ve got our work cut out for us tomorrow when we all qualify at the same time. We really swung for the fences there at the end and got more ultimate speed out of it but the fall off, sliding, lack of downforce was too much in the end. We know we’re safe in the race, we can start as high as 10th – we’ll give it our best tomorrow to get as high on the grid as we can.”

Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda)

“It was a wild day. It wasn’t nearly as straight forward as we were hoping for. We started off this morning being very aggressive with our downforce selection. That wasn’t the right call. Fortunately, we got another run right at the end and the NAPA car was way, way better. I don’t know if it was a missed opportunity because I knew we had a strong shot to get into the Fast Nine. We’re the first car that didn’t make it, so I think we have the potential to start in the top 10. If we do our job right tomorrow, we can make that happen.

Stefan Wilson (No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Honda)

“I’m super relieved. The last couple of nights – when qualifying is looming, it can get pretty crazy on bump day. It’s definitely been on the top of my mind. I focused on having four clean laps and executing my job. I think we managed to do that and put us safely into the field. I’m just so relieved. Even though I felt like we were good coming into the day, it plays on your mind knowing that two people are going home. I’m excited to really go after it tomorrow and potentially move up there a little bit and set a good starting position or the Driven2SaveLives / Intelisys team.”

Carlos Munoz (No. 29 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda)

“I think my Ruoff Home Mortgage crew did a good job over night. I think we’re finally up to speed. We’re just missing that big first lap that some of teammates had, but it was an okay run. I think it is a bummer we didn’t have a shot at the Fast Nine – especially, since this is the first time the team hasn’t been in [the fast nine] in a long time. But, we’re going to do our best to grab the 10th spot tomorrow and start the highest we can for the race.  I am really happy that everyone from the team made it and we’ll have six cars running in the Indy 500.”

Zach Veach (No. 26 Relay / Group 1001 Honda)

“I’m just relieved that we get to say that we are in the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Our qualifying run started out pretty well and then we ran into a mechanical issue that really robbed our second through fourth laps of speed, so we were kind of worried that might put us in a bad situation of making the field. I think we have the speed in the car to definitely try to be in the first half of the top 10. I think we can start anywhere between 10th and 15th, hopefully we just have to nail it right tomorrow. A lot happened today – a lot of wind and a lot of rain and a lot of stress, but extremely excited to say that the Relay Group 1001 car is in the race.”

Marco Andretti (No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda)

“I think for a second run, we would’ve had the speed to challenge the Fast Nine, for sure. I think we potentially would have a chance at it had we been able to have a run at it. It was a dramatic ending –  obviously, I would’ve wanted another shot, but perspective-wise –  with [James Hinchcliffe] not making it today, we can still be 10th but we had a problem that we found in our one and only attempt today, so hopefully we find some speed tomorrow.”

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