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Andretti Autosport Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto, Qualifying Report



Honda Indy Toronto, Qualifying Report


Qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto has gone checkered with circumstance not being on the side of the Andretti Autosport trio of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers.

Carlos Muñoz was the lone Andretti driver in the first qualifying group and turned a fast time of 1:00.6849, placing P7 in his group leaving the Colombian to line up 13th* on the grid tomorrow.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti both took the track in Group Two but lost out on valuable track opportunity after a competitor made contract with the wall and brought out the red flag with just minutes to go in the session. Missing out on advancing from Round One of qualifying, Hunter-Reay and Andretti will line up 16th* and 18th*, respectively.

Live TV coverage of the Honda Indy Toronto can be found on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ETSunday. For radio coverage, Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app. Stay up to date on all things Andretti via AndrettiAutosport.com and @FollowAndretti.

*results are unofficial

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“Again, it was a really weird qualifying session with all the yellow flags. We had some issues in the first part of our qualifying, so had to give a shot from our second time out; we’re starting 13th tomorrow. We’ve been struggling a little bit this weekend, so let’s hope for some rain tomorrow and a bit of a crazy race, because to go to the front, we need something…”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“It’s kind of just been the way this season has been rolling… but we’re proud to be representing DHL here and looking for a good weekend. I thought we had a good shot at advancing there — the car felt good. I just never really got a lap to bank and then the red (flag) came out as we just put on new (Firestone) red tires. It’s the way it is sometime; you just have to deal with it and keep soldering on. We’re going to go out and hopefully have a great race tomorrow.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 DR PEPPER HONDA

“Circumstance didn’t go our way… we didn’t get to do a full run on reds (alternate Firestone red tires) due to the red flag. My out lap on reds was awesome so I think the Dr Pepper car would have been well in the top 10 — maybe in the Firestone Fast Six.”

COOPER TIRES GRAND PRIX OF TORONTO PRACTICE REPORT

COOPER TIRES GRAND PRIX OF TORONTO PRACTICE REPORT

        


 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

 

  • Series rookie clocked 17 laps on the 1.755-mile circuit for today’s shortened practice day

“Today’s rain-shortened afternoon practice session definitely didn’t help us since we didn’t get a lot of track time. We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s qualifying run to see what we can do!”

WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

 

  • Topped the charts on the temporary street circuit in Toronto with a quick time of 1:10.2302 – the Malaysian’s first day at the Canadian track

“Practice Two in Toronto went really well. I had a great feel of the track, finally, when the rain stopped. There were still slight patches of water on the track, but I don’t think that affected us that much. It’s a really fun track, I really enjoy it here, and hopefully we can do really well for qualifying tomorrow and put our Mazda on the front row.”


DALTON KELLETT
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC.
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

 

  • Hometown hero had a slight touch with the wall in Practice Two which brought him in to replace a lower wishbone and wheel
  • Queen’s University graduate’s fastest time of the day (with a bent upper wishbone) was 1:11.0486 

“Practice One went really well after we got right up to speed this morning, and the car felt really solid. In Practice Two we just had an incident on the first lap where I caught a little too much curb in Turn 5, and as a result I hit the wall and bent the lower rear right wishbone. The team did a great job getting the car back on track so I was able to run the rest of the session – a really good team effort to get me back out there. Tomorrow we’re just looking to continue with what we learned from today and have a successful qualifying in the K-Line Insulators Mazda.”

 

 

Honda Indy Toronto, Practice Report


Honda Indy Toronto, Practice Report
The Verizon IndyCar Series officially kicked off the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend today on the 1.755-mile temporary street circuit. Despite having two scheduled practice sessions, track time was limited due to track conditions today not properly reflecting conditions for the remainder of the weekend. Carlos Muñoz turned the most practice time for the team turning only 17 laps on the streets of Toronto. Teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti put in 14 and 16 laps, respectively.

Saturday will see a third practice session and qualifying before returning to the streets Sundayfor the 85-lap feature race.

Live TV coverage of the Honda Indy Toronto qualifying session can be found on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. ET Saturday, with the race broadcast at 3 p.m. ET Sunday. For radio coverage, Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying and races are broadcast live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app. Stay up to date on all things Andretti via AndrettiAutosport.com and @FollowAndretti.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“We only did one real run this morning — which is less than most of the rest of the field. I guess the good news is that we saved a set of tires. I look forward to better weather tomorrow and getting the Toronto weekend properly started.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“It was a short day because of the weather, but tomorrow is what’s important with qualifying. We have been working hard and hope the momentum we’ve had with the win (Detroit Race One) and our good finish last weekend (at Texas Motor Speedway) continues this weekend here in Toronto.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 DR PEPPER HONDA

“We would like to have had more track time today, but there just wasn’t much sense in running the afternoon session. We’ll go back out in the morning and work to get some good data with the Dr Pepper car before qualifying.”

 

Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Race Report

Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Race Report
The ninth round of competition for the Verizon IndyCar Series went checkered under the lights of Texas Motor Speedway, seeing Marco Andretti as the highest-placing Honda and leading the way for Andretti Autosport. Credited with leading two laps in the 248-lap event, Andretti started from the 11th position and came away in fifth – his 38th career top-five finish.

Colombian Carlos Muñoz captured his first top-10 finish on the 1.455-mile oval coming to the twin checkers in the sixth position. The 23-year-old series sophomore was once the leader of the race, during pit stop sequences, but was not granted the leader position as he pit the same lap as the lead change occurred. He ran within the top seven a majority of the night.

The Texas night was not as kind to Ryan Hunter-Reay as the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion battled with handling issues all night. Coming in to the pits mid-race for a downforce adjustment, Hunter-Reay lost valuable track time from which the car was not able to recover. He recorded an 18th-place result. A highlight to the weekend, however, for the DHL crew was receiving the Firestone Pit Performance reward for their quick pit work in last weekend’s Detroit Race Two.

The Series heads next to the street of Toronto for the Honda Indy Toronto on June 14. In the meantime, be sure to stay up to date on all things Andretti via AndrettiAutosport.com and@FollowAndretti.

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

“We were sort of just hanging on to it tonight. Seemingly lacking a bit of grip and pace to the front runners, so we had to get the top five the way we did it. It was an awesome job by my Snapple guys. We just need to keep hanging in there, that’s all we can do.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“I think I gave 100%, everything I could. We needed to save a little bit more fuel than the other guys – we did one less pit stop; it was hard to save fuel, so we lost some positions there. We finished sixth – a great position, and I think I did quite good with our stops and pushing hard. It was good for experience, another top 10, and now we’re looking forward to Toronto.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“Unfortunately, I think there’s something wrong with this car – it’s the same one we had at Indy (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) – and we’re going to ‘kitchen sink it’ as they call it, for the next oval race. We’re just going to come back with a different tub, a different everything because it’s not this difficult. There’s no excuse for this… I’m just glad I brought it back in one piece – it was loose the whole night no matter what we did to it. Meanwhile, my teammates (Marco Andretti, Carlos Muñoz) were adding front wing the whole night trying to get the front to grip up…”

 

Qualifying Report, Verizon IndyCar Series, Firestone 600


Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Qualifying Report

Qualifying for the Firestone 600 is in the books from No Limits, Texas — the dubbed home of Texas Motor Speedway — and tomorrow’s 248-lap race will see Detroit race winner Carlos Muñoz starting from the fourth position, the highest qualifying effort for the Andretti Autosport team and Honda.

Always a standout driver at Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.455-mile oval, Marco Andretti qualified the Snapple car in the 11th position after running inside the top 10 during morning practice. Through his previous 10 starts at TMS, Andretti has led 82 laps with a best finish of third (2010).

The day got to a rough start for series veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay as his No. 28 car made contact with the outside wall in Turn 2 during the first practice session. With Hunter-Reay, the tub and the engine unharmed, the DHL crew worked hard to rebuild the rear of the car, completing repairs in time for qualifying. But the loss of both track and prep time cost the team valuable information in determining the proper qualifying set up. Hunter-Reay will start 21st tomorrow. The American’s best finish at TMS is second (2013) and he has led a career total of 35 laps in Fort Worth.

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“I thought the first lap was okay, but it feels good to be the first Honda in the class. At least the top four weren’t all Penskes – I’m really happy. I think here, qualifying is quite important in order to stay in the front because passing is so hard here. You have to have a good car for the race, a constant car. It was good to have my teammates (Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti) to qualify in front of me – that’s the good thing about qualifying in the back (of the field) your teammates can give you information on how they did, what they did. A big thanks to them for their help, and especially the Cinsay/AndrettiTV crew. Tomorrow is a long race, so we’ll keep it clean the whole time.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

“I’m really happy with the 27 crew, we’re really maximizing as much as we can in situations. All we can do is the best we can and we just have to keep plugging. The race here is always interesting and we should be able to find a few spots tomorrow night.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“After having the car in the wall this morning, we had to go with something for qualifying (setup). We had to be a little conservative with it – we certainly missed it (setup wise), but we expected to though. Qualifying here at Texas (Motor Speedway) doesn’t mean much but hopefully we were able to (relay information) to help the teammates out a little bit.”

On qualifying after not having a chance to shake down the car following the crash and rebuild:
“It’s all about faith, you have no choice other than to have trust in the car and have faith that it’s going to be there for you when you go into Turn 1 the first time. It’s definitely a tough thing to do, and most IndyCar drivers have been there, but we just have to get along with it. Lap 1 is interesting no matter what, but we got through it. We knew we were going to miss it, but we can make up a bunch of spots on Lap 1 tomorrow.”

Dual in Detroit, Race Two Report

Dual in Detroit, Race Two Report

It was a cold and soggy day in the Motor City for Race Two of the doubleheader weekend. Todays second half of the Dual in Detroit saw a starting grid determined by entrant points due to the morning’s qualifying session being canceled for inclement weather which lined up Andretti Autosport’s trio of drivers in 7th (Marco Andretti), 11th (Carlos Muñoz) and 14th (Ryan Hunter-Reay).

Action kicked off as scheduled on the 2.35-mile circuit with Muñoz gaining six positions in just three laps, to move into fifth place before suffering a mechanical issue forcing the Dual One race winner’s early retirement.

Light rain continued early in the race setting a sequence of strategies in motion across the 23-car field. Andretti was among the first cars to pit for racing slicks but fell back in the field due to an untimely caution flag. Making his way back to the lead lap, the third-generation racer was on his way to a potential podium finish, just needing green flag conditions for the final stint. A series of yellow flags brought Andretti home with a top-five finish.

Taking a slightly different strategy, teammate Hunter-Reay held on to his racing wet tires longer than a majority of the field, leaving him running as high as second place. A string of yellow flags and shuffling strategies pushed the American back to P13. Making his way back up, Hunter-Reay came away with an eighth-place finish.

From here the team will head west for Round Nine of competition at Texas Motor Speedway onJune 6. In the meantime, be sure to keep up to date on all things Andretti by following the team’s official Twitter account @FollowAndretti or stopping by AndrettiAutosport.com.

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA

“Decent weekend for points. We really lost the back end (of the car) — we were struggling there but we salvaged what we could. I really wish we could have gotten (Tristan) Vautier though. In the end, we’ll take a podium and a top-five… a few more laps of green (flag conditions) at the end of today would have gone a long way for us.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“Not a fantastic weekend. Good to come away inside the top 10, but still not pleased. We stayed out on the wet tires which could have worked in our favor, but the flags didn’t fall our way… and I couldn’t gain enough on track. We settled into eighth but hope for more for the DHL Honda in Texas.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“I think I had a couple of good first few laps – I went from 11th to fifth, and I was catching (Scott) Dixon… I suddenly lost power and I saw smoke in the rear; we aren’t sure what happened. We got the win yesterday, and it’s a shame we can’t finish a great weekend. I think we were looking really good, but this is racing. We’ll just concentrate and look ahead to Texas next weekend.”

 

Race One Report, Verizon IndyCar Series, Dual in Detroit


Dual in Detroit, Race One Report

Andretti Autosport Finishes 1-2 in Detroit

Detroit’s Belle Isle was the home of today’s first race of the Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend; the rain-filled day saw Colombian driver Carlos Muñoz in victory lane, his first career Verizon IndyCar Series win. Muñoz started the race from 20th and the No. 26 AndrettiTV/Cinsay team found the right strategy to move the sophomore series driver to the front of the field. The planned 70-lap race was transitioned to a two-hour timed event and then ultimately cut short due to heavy storm showers. The 23-year-old led eight* laps (*update from previous report, now official) during today’s race, and moves to 10th in the championship points standings.

Marco Andretti started from the ninth position today and led a total of 23 laps before bringing the No. 27 Honda to a second-place finish. The podium result marked Andretti’s first top-five finish in 19 starts and moves the American to seventh in points.

DHL driver Ryan Hunter-Reay climbed his way from a 16th-place start to run as high as fifth before getting caught out on strategy and recording a 13th-place finish.

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTI TV / CINSAY HONDA

“It wasn’t the way I wanted to win – I wanted to win it 100%, all the laps, but this is racing. My AndrettiTV/Cinsay team did a great job in the strategy, and I think I also did a great job with the slick tires when the track was still a little bit wet. Really nice – my first victory in IndyCar. I’m feeling really comfortable going into tomorrow’s race… hopefully we’re going to be able to fight for the win again. I still want to win a race that goes the entire length.

“We knew this race was going to be crazy… my engineer (Garrett Mothersead) did a great job with the weather – he’s a geeky guy about the weather – and it all paid off. I ended up having more fuel than Marco (Andretti) so we had more laps in the end. I thank God for this opportunity, the race was awesome.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA

“To get slicks on, the consensus on the timing stand was the opposite (of what I wanted) so I said ‘the guys better be ready because I’m coming in’. To me it wasn’t really a gamble, I was ready to go slicks; I thought the track was there, and I knew there was still going to be a couple of laps of yellow before we went green. It was drying quick – with the concrete it dries quick. Tomorrow might be a little different with the temperature change, but I don’t know. That’s where it started – it was a blessing and a curse because that’s where I lost the race, too, because he (Carlos Muñoz) was able to do it a couple of laps after me. That’s what allowed him to run a couple laps longer than me in the end, so I knew I was going to surrender the lead. It was a bummer but a heck of an effort for the team.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“Congratulations to Carlos (Muñoz) and Marco (Andretti) on the win and podium. The team did a great job with their strategy. Today just wasn’t our day though, we didn’t pick the right strategy and it bit us in the end. The plus side is we get to try again tomorrow.”

Dual in Detroit Qualifying Report

Dual in Detroit, Practice Report
  

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA

Will start Dual One in Detroit from the ninth position (unofficial). 

“We aren’t bad… Sort of struggling for grip with both ends (of the car). We needed to set our fast time on Lap 2, but we were held up in traffic — blocked. By the time we were able to push, the tires were too worn out for what we needed. Aggravating to start ninth when you know that you should be a little higher up.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

After losing his fastest time due to red flag track conditions, Hunter-Reay will start from 16th (unofficial) for tomorrow’s 70-lap race.

“We had it. We were in (a position to advance). We made some good progress working with our teammate Marco (Andretti) on the set up and we finally found something. We made some good progress with the DHL Honda, it made the car good. We were on a fast lap and set to advance when the red flag came out for (Josef) Newgarden and (the lap) was taken away. It’s just frustrating – kind of the way it’s been going for us, even when we do make some positive gains there’s a set back.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

Will grid in the 20th position (unofficial) for the first of two races on Detroit’s scenic Belle Isle.

“Another really disappointing day… In qualifying, the red flag really affected us; I don’t know how good we would have been (if the red flag did not come out), but we definitely weren’t able to advance any more positions because of it. Tomorrow is the first race, we’ll see how the weather is as right now it’s not looking great, but here in Detroit, the strategy counts a lot.”

JUSTIN WILSON TO PILOT FOR ANDRETTI FORMULA E IN RUSSIA

CASTLE DONINGTON, UK (27 May 2015) – Andretti Formula E announced today a new addition to the American team’s FIA Formula E Championship stable with UK-native Justin Wilson piloting the No. 28 all-electric machine for the upcoming Moscow ePrix.

Most recently seen behind the wheel of Andretti’s Rolling Stones-themed Indianapolis 500 entry, Wilson hopes to use his diverse racing background as he expands his motorsport portfolio.

“I’m looking forward to making my Formula E debut with Andretti,” said Wilson. “I’ve been following the Championship from the start, and it is a very interesting formula. I appreciate Michael (Andretti) giving me this opportunity. I know there is a lot to learn, but I am excited about this new challenge and looking forward to the Moscow ePrix weekend already!”

The Briton displayed a great talent for racing and won titles in karting and formula cars on his way to the top of the racing ladder when he ultimately progressed to the Formula 1 World Championship. The 36-year-old saw a successful career in CART from 2004-2007 in which he scored four wins and 15 podiums to finish runner-up in the championship in both 2006 and 2007.

Since joining the IndyCar Series in 2008, the driver from Sheffield, England has been very impressive in street and road course events. He claimed IndyCar victories at Detroit in 2008 and Watkins Glen in 2009 – giving Dale Coyne Racing the team’s first IndyCar win. Wilson has also shown continued strength on oval circuits and won at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012.

Andretti Formula-E Team enters the ninth round of competition sixth place in the FIA Formula-E Team Championship with 88 points. The inaugural Moscow ePrix is set to go green June 4 with Live Stream available worldwide. For information about the Andretti Formula-E team, visit AndrettiAutosport.com, and stay up to date on Twitter via @AndrettiFE.

Race Report, Verizon IndyCar Series, Indianapolis 500

 

 

 

 


MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

Third-generation racer started from the eighth position for today’s 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and led the way for Honda with a sixth-place finish. Andretti moves to sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship points standings.

“It was a frustrating 500 miles, we lost some track position in the pits and I lost some more out on the track. It was just a hard fight to keep the car balanced, let alone try to win. I was just trying to be best in class, but there were so many times that I just got the short end of the stick. This stuff is hard to plan, but it’s been frustrating so hopefully we can turn things around heading into the next race weekend.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

Seeking his second career Indy 500 win, the American rolled off in the 26th position. Driving a clean race, Hunter-Reay brought the DHL Honda safely home in 15th.

“Not a good day. It was bad from the start, we definitely have an issue with the car. It’s got some balance issues at the moment, compared to the rest of my Andretti Autosport teammates, even with the aero settings. We had to change some things around today to try and get the car to work. I’m just happy to bring the DHL Honda back in one piece.”

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO
NO. 29 TE CONNECTIVITY HONDA

As a result of on-track contact with a competitor, de Silvestro was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop in the opening laps of the race. The Swiss driver recorded a 19th-place finish for the TE Connectivity Honda.

“It was kind of a so-so day. I made a bit of a mistake at the restart where I ran into (Juan Pablo) Montoya; it didn’t hurt him as much as it did us, I guess (haha). It was a long day… The car felt pretty good, we just couldn’t get by people – that was the trickiest part – we really struggled on passing people. It felt great to be back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the fans were awesome. I wish we had a better result, I’m pretty disappointed but on to the next one. Huge thank you to everyone at TE Connectivity for giving me the opportunity, and the Andretti Autosport guys did an amazing job the whole month, so I’m looking forward to hopefully working with everyone here at Andretti again.

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

Credited for leading three laps in today’s 500-mile race, Muñoz was on target for a top-10 finish but came up just two laps short on fuel, resulting in an additional pit stop for a splash-and-go and 20th-place finish. 

“I made a mistake and received a drive-thru penalty; I didn’t hit the pit lane limiter or something… I don’t really know what happened there. Since we were at the back (of the field), we just tried to change our strategy a little bit, to not stop again, but we ended up two laps short. I think we were pretty fast, even in the end when I had our fuel saving map on and with more laps on our tires than anyone else. I think we had a good race; it’s a shame I made a mistake, but it is what it is, and hopefully next year I will have another shot to do it again.”

JUSTIN WILSON
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA

Starting the race in sixth place with the No. 25 Rolling Stones livery, Wilson struggled with handling issues causing a gamble in strategy. Like teammate Muñoz, Wilson was just shy of the race distance on fuel resulting in a pit stop in the closing laps of the race; he finished 21st. 

“Tough day for the No. 25, we had a vibration in one of our rear tires so we were forced to pit early because we were losing a lot of lap time. So we had to pit a few laps early and that’s when the yellow flag came out and that was it, we went a lap down and just tried to fight our way back to the front. We tried something with fuel milage and strategy to get back into the front of the pack, but we were a lap short. Unfortunately since we were a lap short, we had to pit two laps till the end and not risk anything. It’s frustrating, but it’s just been a long tough day. I want to thank Andretti Autosport for this opportunity, looking forward to hopefully working with them again.”

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