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ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT RACE PREVIEW FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY NTT INDYCAR SERIES OF NOTE: Alexander Rossi remains in the championship hunt heading into the season finale weekend, sitting 41 points behind Josef Newgarden and a single point ahead of Simon Pagenaud. In order for Rossi to claim the title, Newgarden can finish no higher than fifth…

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2019) – When Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the track at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the NTT IndyCar season finale, his No. 28 DHL machine will take on a meaningful paint scheme as DHL celebrates 50 years since the company’s founding by three entrepreneurs in San Francisco in 1969. “The special 50th anniversary car livery…

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Race Report: NTT IndyCar Series


The 2019 Grand Prix of Portland brought a podium finish and small climb in points for Alexander Rossi, while his teammates were not as fortunate, each suffering from on track incidents during the 105-lap event.

The NTT IndyCar Series now breaks for two weekends before the Series return to WeatherTech Race Laguna Seca for the season finale. A new champion will be crowned and the Astor Cup awarded on Sept. 22 with live coverage via NBC.


  • STARTED 7th // FINISHED 3rd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (552 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Drove a clean race to collect a podium finish with a third-place result // Climbs back to second in the championship standings, 41 points behind leader Josef Newgarden and one point behind Simon Pagenaud in third

“It is not that I wanted more, I just wanted less for [Josef Newgarden]. The 27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys did a good job. We maximized what we had. I don’t think we had a race-winning car today, unfortunately. Starting in seventh and finishing on the podium is a good day. We finished in front of our championship rival. It will be pretty intense in California, but I am looking forward to it.”


  • STARTED 16th // FINISHED 13th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 16th (271 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Had a strong race start, running comfortably inside the top 10 through the first two stints // Had on-track contact with the 22 car on Lap 73, resulting in a front wing change and dropping the 98 car from sixth to 14th

“We just didn’t have the pace for the top six, but we were comfortably in a top-seven position. We got held up a little in the pits on our last stop which allowed [Simon] Pagenaud to have a go on me on cold tires, then he drove me off track. I wasn’t just going to let him go by, I had to put up a fight for my position. What should have been seventh or eighth for the Oberto team ended up as 13th.”


  • STARTED 6th // FINISHED 18th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (380 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Made contact with Car 60 on Lap 14 resulting in large damage to the 28 car // The car was repaired behind the wall and rejoined the race on Lap 28 // Hunter-Reay served a 30-second stop and go penalty for avoidable contact

“I feel terrible for the team. I was racing [Alexander] Rossi and got caught up in the fight, then broke too deep. I missed it by a good half a marker in the braking and got into Jack Harvey – feel bad for them. Apologies to the team, to DHL, AutoNation and our partners. We should have had a pretty good day today. This is one on me.”


  • STARTED 11th // FINISHED 22nd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 18th (247 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Was collected in a Lap 1 incident which damaged the 26 car // Because of track position and procedures, the car was not able to be returned to the garages for repair

“A frustrating day. The start was a bit messy, kind of had that stop and go thing. We got off to a good start and I passed a few cars on the inside going into [Turn] 1 then I just got hit with a rocket launcher from behind. We were going to stop and make the corner well enough, then I gained another 40mph from someone hitting me. I hated it for the guys involved. Once I got hit, I was basically a missile into the mess of the pack.”


Today saw two practice sessions and a Warm Up on the 1.964-mile track. Tomorrow will host a final practice session followed by qualifying for the 105-lap Grand Prix of Portland which goes green Sunday at 3:40 p.m. ET on NBC.


  • Finished the day second overall with a best lap time of 0:57.5538

“We didn’t get a lap in on Reds, so I think our theoretical is being third quick. Overall, I’m super happy with the NAPA car. We’ll have to figure some things out overnight but overall I think the general pace is there and we just need to fine tune it.”


  • Finished the day fifth overall with a best lap time of 0:57.9006

“Practice 1 was alright – it’s always unclear with overtake. For Practice 2, I think we misread where the Reds were going to go so, we didn’t really wring it out. We ran the Warm Up on old tires, so we weren’t really anywhere. I think there’s more to come from the Oberto Circle K car.”


  • Finished the day ninth overall with a best lap time of 0:57.9619
  • Finished the Warm Up second on the timing charts

“Today went really good. I’m really happy with today. We were P7 this morning, and then P14 in the second session – but we never got a clean run on our reds, so I feel like that explains it. In the final Warm Up today, we were P2 and I feel that is the pace we have with the Gainbridge car. I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow. We got our first [Firestone] Fast Six here last year and I think we have a car that is capable of that again. We just need a few more details in our recipe.


  • Finished the day 11th overall with a best lap time of 0:58.1618
  • Recorded the fastest time of the day’s Warm Up session

“It was a busy day. We are trying to work through a few issues we’ve had throughout the day. In the end, I think we found the issue, but it made it so that we couldn’t run the Reds in Practice 2. We had to run our Reds in Warm Up, which is actually an extension of Practice 2, I guess. Overall a bit of a muddied mess, but we figured out some things and hopefully tomorrow is a smoother day.”

Race Report: NTT IndyCar Series

Another year of racing in the shadow the St. Louis arch has come to a close, and yellows were the name of the game for the 248-lap Bommarito Automotive Group 500. Pit strategies and yellow flags played a heavy hand in delivering IndyCar an unexpected podium cast while fans packed the stands for a reported sell-out crowd.

There’s no time to rest for the IndyCar field as the transporters roll west, directly to Portland International Raceway for the penultimate event of the 2019 fight for the Astor Cup. The Grand Prix of Portland airs Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.


  • STARTED 9th // FINISHED 8th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (368 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Led his fuel strategy but was caught out by a yellow, settling the 28 car into the 8th position for the checkered flag // Reached as high as the second position during pit sequencing

“Unfortunately, luck didn’t go our way today. The DHL team had a really good fuel strategy going where we would have been P1 on our strategy. Which would have ended up panning out if that second-to-last yellow hadn’t come out. That was the one that really put us in. After saving fuel for so long, I think a top 10 – P8 – is about as good as we could hope for.”


  • STARTED 22nd // FINISHED 10th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 16th (254 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Credited with leading four laps during pit sequence and a caution period // Ran consistently in the top 10 and was on track for a podium finish before the final yellow of the race was brought out // Jumped 15 positions, the second most of any driver in the field (Kanaan +17, Daly +15)

“We hung in there and gave ourselves a lot of opportunity on going long and fighting through the vibrations and staying out. We almost bailed a couple times, but just hung tough and got the yellows and put ourselves in a decent position. I felt weak on restarts, which is usually one of my fortes. Not a bad night but I think the potential was a lot better.”


  • STARTED 11th // FINISHED 13th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 3rd (517 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Ran inside the top three during the second stint // Gambled on a fuel saving strategy following the last caution period but was unable to conserve the large number necessary, forcing the 27 to pit with 20 laps to go // Falls to third in the championship, 46 points behind the leader // Fought vibration on the tail end of each stint

“I think we had the car and we drove it up to P3 on pace. It’s just the way the Series works and the way the yellows fall sometimes. It can be frustrating. [Newgarden] spins and is unaffected; crashes in Toronto and is unaffected. It’s just the way it goes. I think the whole 27 NAPA Andretti Honda team did a really good job overnight, putting together a fast race car. We were able to get form 11th to 3rd and were content running up there and could run the same pace, if not quicker, than Josef. It’s unfortunate the way it goes down, the Series is really difficult. But we’ve got two more to go and we’ll just keep our head down and try to win races.”


  • STARTED 15th // FINISHED 14th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 18th (239 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Made impressive passes on the outside and inside of cars all race long // Ran as high as fourth place with pit sequences but ultimately was not able to gain track position due to timing of caution periods

“Honestly, we were on the wrong end of a bad yellow all night. You never want the yellow to come out after you pit, because then you get trapped a lap down. Literally we pitted three times and the yellow came out within three laps each time. We just kept getting trapped a lap down, which wasn’t our fault. We had a car that was good enough to be in the top 10, we paced the race leader, we ran away from the race leader at one point – but was a lap down while doing it. The pace was there, but lady luck wasn’t.”

Race Preview: NTT IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 NTT INDYCAR SERIES OF NOTE: After starting from the second position at Gateway in 2018, Alexander Rossifought for the lead and was credited with leading four laps Ryan Hunter-Reay will record his 250th career Indy car start when he takes the green flag at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Marco Andretti will return to…

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NTT INDYCAR SERIES ABC SUPPLY 500 RACE REPORT 08.18.2019 When the green flag waved at Pocono Raceway, there was no shortage of immediate action. Before the first lap was complete, the first caution period of the ABC Supply 500 was brought out and eventually led to the first of two red-flag periods. In Turn 2,…

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Walkinshaw Andretti United to enter a wildcard in the 2019 Bathurst 1000 Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe to drive the No. 27 Holden Commodore William Sandbrook to personally support the entry Virgin Australia will fly the two drivers from Los Angeles to Sydney to compete Staff to be sourced from Walkinshaw Andretti United, Andretti Autosport…

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ABC SUPPLY 500 NTT INDYCAR SERIES No. 28 DHL HONDA POCONO INDYCAR HISTORY STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH 6 2 (2013) 1 (2015) CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING 6 (333 pts.) “After a podium at Mid-Ohio for the DHL team, hopefully we can find win number two at Pocono. It’s an extremely challenging track. The difference between…

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Indianapolis native set to drive the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda for second time in 2019


INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, August 8, 2019) — Andretti Autosport and the United States Air Force announced today that Conor Daly will be returning to drive the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda for the all-American team at the NTT IndyCar Series season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in late September. The Indianapolis native will pilot a fifth entry for the team.

Daly made his sixth Indy 500 start in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport, qualifying in 11th and finished 10th, his career-best start and finish for the famed 500-mile race.  The second-generation racer holds wins in both Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000) series and claimed the 2010 Pro Mazda championship. Daly holds 46 career IndyCar Series starts with 11 top-10 finishes.

“I couldn’t be more excited to get back to my road course routes and take on Laguna Seca with Andretti Autosport and the United States Air Force,” said Daly.  “It’s been incredible to be a part of the team this year carrying the USAF colors and to represent them at the season finale will be very special.  I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to do with the USAF this year on and off the track and I can’t wait to get back in the No. 25 car!”  

The United States Air Force served as Daly’s primary sponsor at the Indianapolis 500 and has been an associate sponsor for Andretti Autosport all season with branding featured across the team’s four full-season entries of Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach.

“We are thrilled to have Conor, as well as the U.S. Air Force, join us again for the season finale in Laguna Seca,” said Michael Andretti, CEO, Andretti Autosport. “Conor was a great addition during the month of May and being able to continue this great partnership with the Air Force at the series season finale is another special opportunity to show our support and honor the brave men and women serving our Nation.”

“We were extremely proud of the effort that Conor (Daly) and the entire Andretti Autosport Team put in for the Indianapolis 500,” said Maj Ross McKnight, Chief Air Force National Events Branch. “The activation exceeded all Air Force Recruiting objectives and we are excited to continue that success at Laguna Seca and the IndyCar season finale.”

The season finale for the NTT IndyCar Series will broadcast live Sunday, September 22, on NBC with the green flag dropping at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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