IndyCar - Andretti Autosports Iowa Post-Race Comments
MARCO ANDRETTI, #26 TEAM VENOM ENERGY DRINK CAR
* Won his first race since 2006
"I can't express how much tonight means. I have to thank Venom and my sponsors - I'm so glad they could be part of this. I knew going into today that when it came down to handling we'd be okay, so we worked hard to make the best of a 17th place start. I'd say we did it. The guys did a great job in the pits. They got me the lead back. We had some good racing with TK - tonight was good fun. This win feels every bit as good as my first one five years ago and hopefully we can start making this a habit."
MIKE CONWAY, #27 TEAM ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CAR
* Recorded a 24th place result after contact
"Obviously, it was a disappointing end. I was just following Ana into Turn 1 and 2, she got loose and I had nowhere to go, really. We touched wheels and that sent me up into the wall. It was a pretty hard hit; there is not much left of the right side of the car. It's unfortunate, but it was a funny day anyway. At the start, we had no gears and drove right to the back. It's unfortunate, but that's the way it goes sometimes."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #28 TEAM DHL/CIRCLE K/SUN DROP CITRUS SODA CAR
* Finished the race in 8th place
"We really struggled in the first half of the race with the track being a bit 'green' from the rain. We just really struggled with it. But, once the rubber came in and it went single file, I was able to pick them off. We really needed green-flag running and we just getting yellow after yellow after yellow after yellow. The flow of the race just didn't go our way soon enough or often enough. "It's a decent result for the DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop team; we just needed to take some points out of here and get on to Toronto. It's just great that Marco won. It's really great for the team. Dr Pepper Snapple, with Venom on the side of the car, really needed a win and they deserve it. Marco deserves it; that whole 26 team really deserves it, so I'm really happy for them and happy for the team as a whole."
DANICA PATRICK, #7 TEAM GoDaddy.com CAR
* Ended the race in 10th place
"The balance from one end of the track to the other was completely different, so that made it difficult to have a consistent lap. The GoDaddy car was strong all weekend, so I was confident that we would be competitive tonight. I was really hoping for a better result, but we'll have to take what we got. Congrats to Marco and his crew for a great race; they deserved the win."