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Mazda Road to Indy Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS PREVIEW
        

 

 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

  • Captured a second-place finish in Pro Mazda during the inaugural event (2013) and will make his Indianapolis Indy Lights debut for this weekend’s doubleheader

“I’m very excited to be back on the Grand Prix of Indianapolis road circuit! This is one of my favorite tracks because the combination of the long straights and the technical corners makes the racing very intense. Hopefully we can take what we learned from Barber (Motorsports Park) and put it to good use here this weekend!”

 

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

 

  • Indy’s newest resident will look to best his previous career best finish of P4 (2014) on the 2.439-mile circuit 

“I can’t wait to get back on track on the IMS road course. The layout of the track is a lot of fun, and last year the track provided great racing. Taking what we’ve learned so far in the season and applying it to a successful weekend will be a great start to the month of May. The No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda will definitely be one to watch this weekend.”

 

WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

 

  • Will make his Indianapolis Motor Speedway racing debut for this weekend’s tripleheader on the 14-turn permanent road course

“It’s the month of May in Indy and I think everyone is excited! Actually this will be my first time racing at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis circuit, so I am doubly excited and really looking forward to lock in some good results!”

 

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA, RACE REPORT

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA, RACE REPORT

Today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama proved to be a roller coaster ride similar to the track’s 2.3-mile, 17-turn layout. Two-time Barber race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay brought home the DHL Honda in fifth, in addition to securing the fastest lap of the race, after starting from the 18th grid position. Series sophomore Carlos Muñoz gained 16 positions to come to the twin checkers in sixth place following a start from P22, while third-generation racer Marco Andretti captured another top-10 finish for the trio in P10.

The Andretti Autosport squad will next compete at the Grand Prix of IndianapolisSaturday, May 9 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will be joined by series veteran Justin Wilson who will pilot the No. 25 Honda.


RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“I think that (P5) was as good as we were going to get today. We really worked hard on saving fuel – we had to have a lot of discipline there to pull it off. Some guys pitted a little later than us, they were able to go a little heavier, a little harder, so we missed out on the podium because of that. All in all a pretty good day for the DHL Honda.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“I think sixth for me is like a victory today. I mean I always want to win, but this sixth feels so good because of how we started the weekend. Starting 22nd at Barber (Motorsports Park), it is really hard to make your way to the front. My team did a great job – in pit stops, in strategy. I think I did a great job at saving fuel; I’m more or less a rookie at saving fuel, but I think now I have my ‘saving fuel degree’ from university (haha). Now I’m looking forward to the next one.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA

“I lost too much time early in the stint to (Scott) Dixon and Ryan (Hunter-Reay); I had a go at Dixon… I got pushed off the track, so we lost a lot of track position. I lost a lot of time, really, in that stint trying to conserve (fuel). I need to get better at managing, but we were losing the rear tires, so it was a real struggle.”

Mazda Road to Indy Race Two Report: Grand Prix of Alabama

GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA RACE TWO REPORT
        

 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

  • Indy Lights rookie brought the Starstruck Mazda home in the 10th position for today’s 35-lap race on the Alabama roller coaster circuit 

“Unfortunately, we went backwards today… seems to be how our year is going so far. One step forward, seemingly four steps back. We need to go back and look at the positives and negatives as we head to the Grand Prix of Indy.”

 

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

  • Rolled off the starting grid from the 10th position and made his way to sixth on Lap 1
  • Queen’s University student was seen as high as the fifth position before clinching a top-10 finish in P6

“Definitely a better result in Race Two finishing P6. I was able to make up some spots at the start and had a really good first few laps, managed to get up to fifth and just lost one spot – I should have defended a little harder. It’s definitely a better day than yesterday, but I think the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda has a lot more potential in it – I think we could have been well within the Top Five and fighting for a podium. I’m just looking forward to IMS (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), I know we’ll be quick there.”

 

WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

  • Series rookie started today’s race from the pole position – the 20-year-old’s third consecutive Pro Mazda pole
  • Malaysian was penalized and moved back to P15 following the start and was seen as high as P12 before coming to the yellow and checkered flags in 14th 

“It was a shame about Race Two. I think we were very strong in all of the practice and qualifying sessions, and I felt we were looking strong for a good result today. Sadly there were some discrepancies at the start which I was penalized for, which sent me to the back (of the field), and that really dictated the day today. I don’t think of myself as a driver who deliberately tries to cause harm, so I apologize if that happened. We’ll put this weekend behind us and try and move forward from here.”

Qualifying Report, Verizon IndyCar Series, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA, QUALIFYING REPORT

The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Barber Motorsports Park today for Round Four of competition at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. With two practice sessions and qualifying, the day ended with series veteran Marco Andretti leading the way for Andretti Autosport. He’ll start 13th tomorrow after missing qualifying round advancement by a mere one-tenth of a second. Following Andretti on the grid will be reigning two-time Barber race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in 18th, while Colombian Carlos Munoz will take the grid from the 22nd position.

Live race coverage from the scenic 2.3-mile road course will begin at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. 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.

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA
“We’re just struggling right now with understeer, but we had to sort of back off and gap. We only had one timed lap on the new tires, so the tires weren’t completely in on that lap because I couldn’t push on the out lap. I think that’s what cost us the one-tenth (of a second) we missed (advancing to the top 12) by. We’re all trying to find the sweet spot, and I don’t think we have yet. We always have decent race cars here, but we have to see… we’ve been on new tires all day today so we have to see where the degradation goes.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA
“We just caught slower traffic there, I gave (Francesco Dracone) a huge gap to begin with knowing he was off pace, and I just caught him over and over again every lap. It’s our own fault for putting ourselves out there in that position though… We’re all I the same boat, we’re all trying really hard to make it better. I love this racetrack and it’s a shame we’re not getting around here quicker right now. But we’ll be working hard at it, that’s for sure.”

CARLOS MUNOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA
“For sure it’s been a disappointing day. Unfortunately, we were not really competitive in any of the sessions. It’s really strange, because as a team, previously we’ve been really quick at this track… we just don’t have the balance right. For tomorrow’s race we’ll see what happens. We’re going to be really risky with our strategy, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Grand Prix Of Long Beach Race Reports

Race Report, Verizon IndyCar Series, Grand Prix of Long Beach

Today’s 80-lap race from the temporary street circuit in Long Beach, CA saw only four laps of yellow flag conditions changing up strategies throughout the field. Third-generation racer Marco Andretti topped the Honda roster with an eighth-place finish, his 76th career top-10 finish. Teammate Carlos Munoz took the twin checkers next in the ninth position, his 10th Verizon IndyCar Series top-10 finish. The 28 team had an out-of-character day and recorded a 13th-place result for Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Join us at Barber Motorsports Park next weekend by following along on Twitter – @FollowAndretti – or tuning in to the live broadcast next Sunday on NBC Sports Network at 3:00 p.m. ET.

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA
“Always nice to be in the top 10, but it’s a bit frustrating because we are sort of maximizing what we are dealt. I can see if we made mistakes and ended up eighth then fine, but I’m not sure that we could have done better today. It will take a bit more development on everything and we’ll work for more in Barber next week.”

CARLOS MUNOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA
“Today wasn’t frustrating at all. The (aero) package we have right now is what we have. The other (aero) package seems to be better right now, but we are working hard. We started 12th, and I think the main goal was to finish in the top 10, and we did it; I’m happy with that. Our Honda engine is really good and we improved from last year, so now that today is done, we move on to Barber.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA
“Today was a big disappointment for us, probably one of the worst races we’ve had from green to checkered. I had a car I couldn’t drive hard when I needed to, the strategy we went for didn’t work out, our pit stops did not really work out … nothing really worked out for us today. I guess sometimes you have those days in racing, but they’re certainly not days we ever want to be accustomed to having. We’ll regroup and move on to Barber.”
Indy Lights Race Report: Grand Prix of Long Beach

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA
Former SoCal resident captured a top-10 finish today on the streets of Long Beach
“I don’t know what to say, really. We have a lot of work to do and we definitely need to go back to the drawing board before we get to Barber. It’s been a frustrating weekend, for sure, but a big thank you to the Andretti Autosport guys for working hard and getting through this weekend together.”

MATT BRABHAM
NO. 83 STELLRECHT COMPANY
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA
Two-time Mazda Road to Indy champion encountered gearbox problems on Lap 7 which caused his early retirement from the 42-lap race
“We had a reasonably good start and managed to capitalize on some people crashing in the first corner; I managed to avoid the accident and get up to sixth — so that was good. Just unfortunate; we had an issue with shifting and I lost a whole bunch of gears and couldn’t continue, so my race ended only a few laps into the race. I’m just disappointed for the Andretti Autosport guys. I would like to have had a strong race and been out there the whole time battling, but it’s just the way it goes sometimes. These factors are out of our control so we’ll just keep pushing and working hard, and hopefully we can keep stepping forward and forward and moving forward and get there eventually. Thanks to Bob Stellrecht for believing in me and supporting in me this weekend, they’ve been a big help and it’s a shame it worked out the way it did, but big props to those guys. I’m grateful for everything they’ve done for me and that Andretti has done for me.”

GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH, QUALIFYING REPORT – Verizon IndyCar Series


GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH, QUALIFYING REPORT

American racing champion Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for Andretti Autosport at today’s Qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Piloting his DHL machine, Hunter-Reay became the sole Honda advancing on to the Firestone Fast Six where he will start from the fourth position on tomorrows five-year anniversary of his first Long Beach IndyCar win (2010). Marco Andretti wheeled his No. 27 Honda into the second round of qualifying, recording a 10th-place start for tomorrow’s 80-lap race, while teammate Carlos Muñoz will start from the 12th position.

Live race coverage from Long Beach will begin at 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with the Indy Lights time-delayed broadcast beginning at 3 p.m. ET.


RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“(Qualifying) was pressure-packed. We definitely put the goal out today to make the Firestone Fast Six – that, for us, was a pole today. We got in there and we got well within (the top six), so we’re pretty happy about that. Tomorrow, for warmup, we’re going to have to see how the No. 28 DHL is with race trim, but this is another step forward with this new Honda (aero) package, and I think it’s obvious you can see it. Congrats to Helio (Castroneves) on the pole; I think he won the pole here back in ’86 or something like that (haha)! No, no, like 13 years ago, but that’s a testament to how talented he is. We’re making steps on this Honda aero package, and I think we just keep chipping away at it like this and we’ll be able to close that gap.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA

“It was alright actually. I’m glad we did what we did – we saved some tires, so I have two new sets of (Firestone) reds for the race. We start 10th with two new sets of reds… I’d rather be there than even sixth (place) with no reds, so we’re in a good spot for tomorrow.”

 

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“Qualifying, I think, went better than this morning’s practice. Our main goal was to finish (qualifying) in the top 12; during qualifying we were thinking more about the race. We sit in 12th place for the start tomorrow… anything can happen.”

 

 

GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH QUALIFYING REPORT- INDY LIGHTS

GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH QUALIFYING REPORT

 

MATT BRABHAM

NO. 83 STELLRECHT COMPANY
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

 

  • 2013 Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy Lights podium finisher will start tomorrow’s60-minute race on the 1.968-mile street circuit from P9

“It’s disappointing. Obviously we are working really hard trying to be at the front in the Stellrecht Company Mazda, I think that’s where we should be. Just a disappointing qualifying; it’s going to be really hard to do anything in the race from back there. Shelby (Blackstock) and I both struggled, but we’re working hard at it and we’ll just keep plugging away. Hopefully the race holds better results for us.”

 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

 

  • Mazda Road to Indy race winner turned 27 laps in this afternoon’s qualifying session and will roll off the grid in his debut Long Beach race event in the 12th position 

“We struggled today, unfortunately. Practice this morning didn’t go too great, and then qualifying, it kind of got worse… We’re going to go back to the drawing board and really make some big changes for the race, because right now we’re not even in the same ballpark. We’re really hoping tomorrow will be the turning point in our weekend here in Long Beach.

 

GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH, PRACTICE REPORT – IndyCar

The 41st Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend kicked off today in the downtown Southern California city by the water. This morning’s practice session on the 1.986-mile temporary street circuit saw all three Andretti Autosport drivers in the top 12 with the past Long Beach race winner (2010) the top Honda in P3. Carlos was forced to pit for a new front wing during the afternoon session following an incident where he was pushed into the wall; the Colombian finished his day P17 overall. RHR and Marco finished their day in the top 10, ninth and 10th, respectively.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA

“We had a pretty good day going, we didn’t get a lap on our last new set of tires so hopefully we’ll be saving that for tomorrow. We’re making some strides, this is the position we were in last year after day one of practice.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA

“I think as a team we kind of attacked it a couple different ways. It’s interesting because we are within a hundredth of a second, so we’re not really sure which way to go. But I’m quite pleased with the car. Unfortunately there’s still a gap to the Chevys and that’s frustrating but we’re chipping away at it.”

CARLOS MUÑOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA

“I think during the first session we were looking pretty good, the second one, we didn’t really feel that great. We are really close to one another – one–tenths (of a second) off from even top 10 or top five… Tomorrow we have to put everything together to at least be in the top 10 for qualifying.”

GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH PRACTICE REPORT – INDY LIGHTS

MATT BRABHAM
NO. 83 STELLRECHT COMPANY
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

Series race winner came away from today’s sole practice session P6, turning 20 laps on the temporary street course in downtown Long Beach
“It was good to get back out in Long Beach, especially with The Stellrecht Company coming onboard this weekend. We’re working hard at it, and we only had one session today, so we just kind of had a feel for it out there. We got some good laps in, the car feels good and the team working really well together. We’ve got some work to do tomorrow and it’s going to be a big day with practice and qualifying; it’s probably the most important day. We’ll have a long, hard think about it tonight, work at it and see how we are tomorrow.”

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

Series rookie completed 18 laps on the 1.968-mile circuit during today’s practice, placing P11 on the time charts
“Today we just went out there, ran the track to get some laps. It’s a different track… it’s definitely bumpy but a fun circuit. Our times just weren’t there, so we’re going to go back and look it over. The Andretti Autosport crew and I are looking forward to heading back out tomorrow and having a better day.”

Indy Grand Prix Of Louisiana Race Reports

Race Report, Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

It was a soggy day in New Orleans as weather delays caused the planned 75-lap inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to be cut to a timed event. The 105-minute timed race allowed for just 47 laps of racing — with six caution periods resulting in 25 laps of yellow flag conditions. It was a battle of patience and attrition for the mere 22 laps of green flag racing for the field of 24 Indy cars.

Swiss native Simona de Silvestro was the first Andretti driver to the see the twin checkers with a top-four finish. The only female driver in the field advanced 14 positions after starting from P18. Carlos Munoz, who started from 16th, ran as high as ninth and brought the No. 26 Honda home 12th. Series veteran Marco Andretti rolled off 10th for today’s wet start and quickly became one of the fastest cars on track after his change to Firestone racing slicks, but was caught out on yellows and recorded a 13th-place result. DHL driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was on his way to a second consecutive top-eight finish when he was collected in an on-track incident, leaving him sidelined with just eight minutes of racing remaining and too much damage on the 28 machine to return to the track.

The Verizon IndyCar Series packs up and heads west for Round Three of competition at the prestigious Grand Prix of Long Beach next weekend.

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA
“It was huge to get the race like this. Honestly we struggled the whole weekend. We weren’t where we wanted to be. The race – the car was pretty good and the tricky conditions kind of played in our way, and the team made a great call to come in at one point. It’s really cool, especially to be back here in IndyCar and especially with Andretti. It’s my second race with the team and finishing fourth, it’s great… it’s a great accomplishment.”

CARLOS MUNOZ
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA
“It was a really unusual race with all the cautions. At the end of the day, it was only strategy and to be lucky with the yellow flags – we didn’t get it right. The whole race I was in the top 10… It’s a shame of a weekend to not qualify; we started 14th because of points. Now we have to focus on the next race.”

MARCO ANDRETTI
NO. 27 MERCHANT FIRST / SNAPPLE HONDA
“I was hoping for more green laps, not only for myself to try and move forward, but for the show. It was a bit of a disappointment. Sitting under yellow is boring and we really wanted to get some good racing in. We’ll move on to Long Beach.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY
NO. 28 DHL HONDA
“We had a great race going, had some good clean racing there with (Graham) Rahal, (Will) Power — even (Simon) Pagenaud, we went side by side through Turn 10 there, it was some good racing. Then we got down to Turn 3… I’m peddling the car all the way out, it’s loose, there’s just no more room for (Pagenaud) to be out there. (Sebastien) Bourdais, is on my left, I don’t know where to go at that point. I’m using my regular racing line – (Pagenaud) stuck his nose out there (and was off the racing line)… And just cleans us all out. I’m happy all three of us are uninjured. (Pagenaud) said I ran him out of room, but there just was no room in the first place. I don’t know what to say to that — it’s certainly a racing incident but there wasn’t a whole lot of room there to begin with. Disappointing way to end the day, we were looking for a strong finish with the DHL Honda.”

Pro Mazda Race Report: Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

WEIRON TAN
NO. 22 WEIRON TAN
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA

* Today’s polesitter came to the checkered flag in the second position for today’s 20-minute race
* Clinched the pole position for Race Two which was later canceled due to un-raceable track conditions at the 2.74-mile circuit in the bayou

“Unfortunately Race Two was canceled due to bad weather, but Race One was good. The Andretti Autosport guys did a great job so a big thank you to them. We were strong all weekend, so it’s quite disappointing that we didn’t get to race in the second one; I think we would have had a really good chance to attack and battle for first place since we were starting on pole for that one, too. I think we got the setup right for Race Two – Race One wasn’t too good, but I think we fought hard and we collected second place which wasn’t too bad. We’re definitely looking forward to Barber (Motorsports Park) and hopefully do a much better job there and be more consistent.”

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

* Rolled off the grid for today’s 11-lap race from the 11th position and maneuvered his way up to finish in P7 – the Canadian racer’s fifth top-10 finish on the 13-turn circuit in Avondale, LA
* Queen’s University student heads back to school to complete his finals for his senior year and will graduate soon after the Barber doubleheader

“It seems like we haven’t been able to escape the weather the whole weekend here at Nola. The first race went quite well – definitely very wet but I had a great car. The Andretti Autosport guys did a really good job; the car felt good and I was able to make up a few spots. We made our way into P7 by the end of the race and we were looking forward to an even better run in Race Two, but with all the water accumulation, we weren’t able to get the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda back to racing.”

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