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Andretti Autosport FREEDOM 100 RACE REPORT

FREEDOM 100 RACE REPORT


 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

 

  • Rolled off the starting grid for today’s 40-lap race from the 12th position 
  • Series rookie came to the yellow-checkered flag in P8 – his seventh top-10 finish of 2015

“For today’s race, the weather changed our car quite a lot, and unfortunately our car was on a knife’s edge the whole race; it was definitely a handful. We learned a lot – went from 12th to eighth, made it up the board a little bit, but today just wasn’t our day. A big thank you to the Andretti Autosport crew and everyone who has helped this weekend.”

 

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT TEAMS UP WITH ROOK SECURITY TO LEVERAGE DATA SECURITY AS A COMPETITIVE EDGE

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT TEAMS UP WITH ROOK SECURITY TO LEVERAGE DATA SECURITY AS A COMPETITIVE EDGE

INDIANAPOLIS-BASED SECURITY FIRM PROVIDES PROPRIETARY TECHNOLOGY, MONITORING AND RESPONSE SERVICES TO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT ON AND OFF THE RACETRACK

INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2015) – Rook Security, a provider of global IT security solutions protecting sensitive data against dynamic, emerging threats, is proud to announce its partnership with Andretti Autosport. Rook Security joins the Andretti Autosport team, protecting the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion’s data at the racetrack and in company offices. This announcement is an industry first in both motorsport and information security, as proprietary technology by a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) is trusted to run in such a mission critical environment.

Rook Security’s partnership with Andretti began when the reigning Indianapolis 500 champions needed industry-leading capabilities to detect and respond to attacks against its proprietary technology, specifications, and track data. Today, this partnership will expand to incorporate new leading technology developed by Rook Security. These managed technologies will be used to protect race data created by Andretti for use in research and development and within the engineering stands on pit lane.

“Timing down to the hundredths of seconds is crucial, both in motorsports and cybersecurity,” said J.J. Thompson, CEO, Rook Security. “If an adversary is in a network, disruption and theft can be catastrophic. Protecting Andretti Autosport’s R&D, trackside and tuning data, reinforces the importance of their leading engineering capabilities, which are second to none, and protects the team’s competitive advantage.”

“Our team has to trust each other, our driver, our engineers, and the data we rely on can make the difference between being on or off the podium,” said Michael Andretti, president, chairman and CEO of Andretti Autosport. “Protecting our data is not enough. We have to trust that our security partner can be relied on to provide real-time protection and response capabilities while maintaining our ability to execute.”

For teams that employ and rely upon world-class engineering, these adjustments can be the difference between winning and losing – by as little as one-tenth of a second. Maintaining a state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, including cutting-edge data integrity and security is a recipe that helps enable Andretti Autosport’s winning legacy.

Watch Andretti Autosport as it competes in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, which will broadcast live on ABC beginning at 11 a.m. ET, on May 24.

FREEDOM 100 QUALIFYING REPORT

FREEDOM 100 QUALIFYING REPORT

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

Finished today’s sole practice session fourth quickest with a speed of 197.602 mph
Qualified the No. 51 Mazda in the 12th position for tomorrow’s 100-mile race
“Our qualifying car wasn’t where we wanted it to be. Luckily, we have a good race car, and hopefully we can work our way to the front over the course of tomorrow’s 40-lap race for the Freedom 100.”

Andretti Autosport – 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Qualifying Report



99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Qualifying Report

JUSTIN WILSON
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA

Leading the way for Honda, Wilson will start from the outside of the second row for his eighth career Indianapolis 500 start. The 36-year-old turned a four-lap average of 225.279 mph. 

“I was pushing really hard and it felt pretty good. It was a little bit tense the last couple of days, but it’s always nice to get out and run on your own with no one else on track, there is always more grip. Andretti Autosport is a very professional team, they just worked through all the decisions that were made today and gave me a great race car. I just have to thank everyone there who has worked so hard the last few months to put this deal together. It was a difficult decision that was made for all the teams and when something like that happens you have to react. I also want to thank everyone a Honda for letting me have the opportunity to be here. I’m hoping today’s qualifying run is a good omen going into next weekend, we’ll see how it all works out, looking forward to bringing a decent result home.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

Making his 10th career Indianapolis 500 start, Andretti will line up in the middle of Row Three behind the wheel of the Snapple Honda.

“It’s hard to smile before your four laps are done. There so much unexpected stuff that comes your way, but I think we adapted the best we could — especially with the last minute rule changes. We knew Justin (Wilson) had a quick car all along, so we didn’t know if we could beat him, but if the car is as good as it was in race trim I think we’ll be really tough.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

The 2013 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year will start his third 500-mile race from the middle of Row Four. 

“I think we knew before going into qualifying that this is where we were going to be; we are focusing on the race. During practice, our car was feeling great in traffic, so we’ll see howtomorrow’s practice goes. Ryan (Hunter-Reay) won the 500 last year starting 19th, so… Of course it’s nice to have the big check like my first Indy 500 when I qualified second and it’s always nice starting from the front row, but the race is what matters and we’ll work hard for next Sunday.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

The defending Indianapolis 500 Champion will make his race start from the 16th position. Hunter-Reay started 19th in 2014 and came away from the 500-mile race with his first career Indy 500 victory.

“The wind was moving the car around quite a bit and we haven’t run on this trim since we’ve been here at IMS, so it was new this morning. Everyone was shaking out some stuff they haven’t tried today. But I’m just worried about the race — we wanted to stay inside the top 20… we started 19th last year and that turned out ok.”

 

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO
NO. 29 TE CONNECTIVITY HONDA

The TE Connectivity driver made her Indianapolis return official today by qualifying in the seventh row for Sunday’s 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

“It was an okay run – I thought we would be a little bit quicker. It seemed we didn’t gain any speed on the straightaways, so we’ll look into that. It’s okay, it’s qualifying…for sure we would have liked to be up front but the race is the important part. We have a great chance in our TE Connectivity car with Andretti Autosport, and hopefully as a team we can have a really good result at the end of the month.”

GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS, RACE REPORT  

 

The weather held for today’s second running of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis with light rain showers falling just before and after the 82-lap race. Ryan Hunter-Reay ran as high as 10th before settling into an 11th-place finish with the DHL Honda after rolling off from 19th and fighting a fuel-saving strategy. Colombian Carlos Muñoz was seen as high as eighth place, gaining 13 positions on the start before finishing 13th. Third-generation racer Marco Andretti came to the twin checkers in 16th on the 2.439-mile circuit. The racing machine of Justin Wilson suffered a mechanical issued which forced the Brit to retire early in his first event in the No. 25 car, recording a 24th-place result.

The team now looks ahead to the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and working to defend the championship title. Practice on the historic oval kicks off Monday with the week leading into the two-day qualifying process beginning May 16. The week of practice sessions can be followed via your smartphone or tablet with the INDYCAR15 app or via Race Control at IndyCar.com.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“We had an unfortunate start to the day — got caught out on the start and dropped a few positions when we had the chance to gain about 10 (positions); had to go through the grass and avoid (the wreck in Turn 1) so it was a hole to start in to begin with and then we just worked out way up to 10th. We saved fuel all day which is unfortunate. It’s just part of the strategy starting at the back so we were never really able to attack and go for it. It’s kind of a product of the situation but we definitely need to figure this out. We’re struggling to understand where the rest of the speed is.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“I think I had a great first lap – I moved from P21 to ninth position. Afterwards, it was just a saving fuel kind of race; I need to work on saving fuel, but I think it was a good recovery. We’ll put this difficult weekend behind us, work hard and concentrate on the Indy 500 – that’s the big goal for this year.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

“It’s just so on top of the road — the car is not in the racetrack, I think we are fundamentally missing something. Sort of the worst case scenario because we lost like 10 seconds in the (pit)stop. We were ahead of Ryan (Hunter-Reay) then came out almost a straightaway behind him. If we would have finished ahead of Ryan we’d probably be leading he team in points — as bad as that looks, but… right now I just have to look at the Indy 500.”

JUSTIN WILSON
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA

“It was a tough race today, unfortunately I got caught up in the stack up down in Turn 1 and ended up breaking off the endplate. I thought we were still fighting away after that incident and we were trying to work out how our strategy would play out. The No. 25 crew was telling me to push and then save fuel, so I stayed pretty close to the pack, but about halfway through the race we had a slight hiccup during our pit stop and we ended up losing a couple of spots. At that point we struggled a little bit to get back in it and ultimately suffered a mechanical issue. It’s a frustrating way to end the race, but that’s racing so we’ll focus on the 500 now and look ahead.”

 

 

Andretti Autosport MRTI Race Reports – Saturday Indy GP

GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS: RACE REPORT

        


 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

 

  • Series rookie started from the 11th position for today’s Race Two on the 2.439-mile circuit
  • Was seen as high as P6 and made his way to another top-10 finish coming home in eighth 

“Overall, today we made progress with the car. Obviously we aren’t happy with eighth, but definitely made that progress with the car over the weekend… It’s a long road to go, but hopefully we can get a hang on it, and by the end of the season get the Starstruck Mazda into victory lane.”

 

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

 

  • Started today’s 21-lap race in the 13th position and moved his way forward through the 21-car field to bring home the No. 28 car in the 11th position

“Today’s race was certainly a better performance compared to the first two races of the weekend; we found some pace that we were lacking early on. I think the lesson that we need to take out of the weekend is finding that pace early on is key to securing a good spot in qualifying which is so key in this series given how tight the competition is. Overall, certainly a learning weekend for the K-Line Insulators Mazda, but we’ll finish May off strong at the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway Park.”

WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Rolled off the grid for today’s Race Three from the sixth position but retired early on Lap 1 due to contact which made the No. 22 Mazda undriveable 

“Unfortunately for us, our race was over before it really started due to being hit from behind on Lap 1. That contact broke an upright and I just wasn’t able to continue on as the car was no longer driveable. A big thank you to Andretti Autosport for all of their hard work. We will definitely put this weekend behind us as we now focus on the oval coming up at the end of the month.”

 

MRTI GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS: RACE REPORT


GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS: RACE REPORT

        


 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

 

  • After starting from P12, the Nashville native was seen as high as P7 before coming to the twin checkers for today’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race One in P8 

“Today was a decent day – we finished P8. We made some headway with the car, so we will definitely put that into use going into tomorrow’s Race Two. We’re just starting too far back right now to work through all the stuff we’re finding (to be competitive in the race). Unfortunately our car went into a ‘limp mode’ during that first incident, which we probably could have made up a couple more positions… Looking forward to tomorrow.”

WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Began today’s 20-lap race from the fifth position and captured a top-five finish in P4
  • Rookie also put down the fastest race lap, garnering an extra point to put him fourth in the championship standings

“Race Two was quite interesting – we did it in a really controlled pace. We did set the fastest lap, so that shows that we are improving in terms of pace. The top five are all running really close and it’s not easy to catch one another, especially when we all have the same speed running down the straights. We’re still making pace, and I think we’re looking good for tomorrow, so hopefully we can push better for Race Two!”

 

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

 

  • Canadian racer rolled off the grid in the 13th position and after falling back to as low as P17, made his way back up to P13 for the finish

“Not the result that we wanted for today finishing P13. I made a mistake in Turn 1 and drove off, went through the runoff, and as a result, I lost quite a few spots and basically spent the remainder of the race recovering that error. For tomorrow we just have to focus on getting a better start to the race and making good, consistent passes and move up the field with our K-Line Insulators USA Mazda.”

 

GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS, QUALIFYING REPORT

GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS, QUALIFYING REPORT

Today’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a flurry of track activity as the Verizon IndyCar Series took to the 2.439-mile circuit to qualify for tomorrow’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The UK-native Justin Wilson led the way for the Andretti Autosport quartet and will roll off from the 18th grid position tomorrow. 2014 podium finisher Ryan Hunter-Reay will start alongside Wilson in 19th with Carlos Muñoz and Marco Andretti starting 21st and 24th, respectively. The 82-lap event, scheduled to go green just before 4 p.m. ET, could see an exciting mix up as forecasts call heavily for chances of scattered showers.

The second running of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis will kick off with LIVE broadcast coverage on ABC starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you can’t make it to the television, listen along with the broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, on SiriusXM (XM Ch. 209, Sirius Ch. 213) and IndyCar.com.

JUSTIN WILSON
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA

“We went out on black tires for the first run and I felt so loose, I thought we over shot this run, but we seem to be on one side of the balance and can’t seem to find that sweet spot right in the middle. When we put the Firestone red tires on the car, it brought the balance to life and we actually started to roll some speed into the corners and we started to get some grip. It was good, I just wish we could be a fraction quicker. We’re pushing, we’re trying hard and we have been behind all weekend, but we’re trying to catch up. I’ve been really happy with our tire life, so I’m hoping that is going to continue into race day and play in our favor so we’ll have a good consistent car.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“We’re just struggling as a team right now and have got to put our heads together tonight. We’ve really been struggling with the balance of the car since we rolled of the truck; no idea really how to fix it at the moment. We’re going to have to put our heads together tonight as a four car team and make the most of it. Andretti Autosport is pretty good at doing that so we can still have a great race tomorrow — we just have to keep our heads down. It’s been a frustrating start to the weekend though.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA
“Another really hard day for us. I don’t have much to say — we just don’t have the speed. We’re struggling a lot, so tomorrow we will have to make another big risk in the race as we did in Barber. Let’s hope that it works.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

“This is the biggest struggle we’ve had in a while. Normally we can see our way out — I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel right now, it’s disappointing. I enjoy the track, but it’s hard to fully enjoy it with where we are sitting right now.”

GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS:  INDY LIGHTS PRACTICE, PRO MAZDA RACE ONE REPORT


        


 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

 

  • Mazda Road to Indy Veteran completed a total of 48 laps on the 2.439-mile circuit for two sessions of practice today with a best speed of 113.204mph

“I’m not sure what to say as we have been struggling all day. We can’t really find the pace and it seems like we are making four steps backward instead of forward, so we are going to work hard to find the missing piece. Hopefully tomorrow will be that step forward we’ve been looking for.”

WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Malaysian racer started on pole for today’s makeup race from the canceled Grand Prix of Louisiana Race Two
  • Captured his second win of the season for his Indianapolis Motor Speedway racing debut that saw him lead all 15 laps

“A big thank you to Andretti Autosport – the team did a great job today. Also thank you to Mazda and Cooper Tires, it was one hell of a race. (The yellow caution period) might have helped us a bit, but I think if it had stayed green, I would have done my best to defend our leading position. Our pace isn’t very good at the moment, but we’ll definitely work hard fortomorrow!”

 

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

 

  • Series sophomore captured a P11 finish for today’s 15-lap race on the 14-turn circuit after a loss of power occurred during the start and the Canadian fought to capture lost positions

“Today’s race was a bit frustrating… right off the start I had an issue where we were down on power going into the first corner which caused me to lose quite a few spots going down the front straightaway. After the yellow (caution period) caused by the incident in Turn 1, I was able to make back some spots that I lost, however, most of the race was spent defending and trying to climb back up the field. The focus for tomorrow will be to get a good qualifying session and put the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda at the front of the field.”

 

 

GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS, PRACTICE REPORT

The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today for Day One of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. With two practice sessions in the books, the Andretti Autosport quartet of drivers will head to another practice tomorrow and qualifying.

Follow along with their Friday via live timing at IndyCar.com or on the INDYCAR 15 Verizon-backed smartphone application.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“Tough day. We really didn’t find the balance we needed, but discovered a little bit at the end of the day that might send us in a better direction.Tomorrow’s another day; we’re going to go put our heads together to see what we can do. The DHL Honda crew is working hard to get us back to where we need to be for the rest of the weekend.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“Today has been a really difficult day, a disappointing day. We are struggling a little bit in general. We have to work hard – we still have one more practice session then qualifying, but the most important is the race, so we will see.”

JUSTIN WILSON
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA

“It’s great to be back in the car, it’s been an interesting first day to say the least. I’m still trying to get the most out of everything and work out what characteristics can be worked on and which ones are just the way they are. Right now I’m just playing catch up and I’m pleased with how things are feeling, not pleased with the lap time so we’ll just have to keep working on it the rest of the weekend.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA

“We just seem at the edge of things, but it seems there’s a downforce deficit to my teammates, so we’re trying to get to the bottom of it… it’s frustrating. As a team we are all little off right now, so even if I get to where my teammates are, we’re still not where we need to be. We have some work to do tonight to get a better run tomorrow.”

 

 

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