IndyCar - Andretti Autosport Post-Race Driver Notes
James Hinchcliffe, Team GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, No. 27
Hinchcliffe finished today's race in the sixth position after starting from the outside of the front row.
"The Go Daddy Chevy had a good pace, but I don't think we had the pace to run with Scott (Dixon) or Helio (Castroneves). We were running alright - pretty much on course for a third-place (finish). If we would have beat Helio out of the pits on that final stop then I just would have had to keep him behind me, which on this track isn't impossible. But that yellow came out and because of the way the time line works coming out of the pits they gave him the spot and again I got stuck on the outside for the restart. Graham (Rahal) got around me and that gave (Simon) Pagenaud the run and we lost two spots that we shouldn't have. It's pretty disappointing given where we started. I was hoping for a better result for the Go Daddy car but we brought home some points, we'll chalk it up to experience and move on to Long Beach."Marco Andretti, Team RC Cola Chevrolet, No. 26
Andretti finished 11th after running as high as the seventh position with the No. 26 RC Cola Chevy machine.
"The car was good, and we were really fast through the middle of the race - that was fun - and we were as fast as anyone. But, I got into (EJ) Viso and broke the upper-right segment of the front wing. I was a lot faster than he was and just got into the back of him. My guys did a great job in the pits, but after that, I didn't have the downforce on the front end that I needed. I did what I could on the late restarts, but that's why we dropped back at the finish."
dhl_sundrop_logos Ryan Hunter-Reay, Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, No. 28
Hunter-Reay finished today's race in the 12th position after starting 11th. The No. 28 machine ran strong during the middle stint of today's race when Hunter-Reay passed three cars in one corner.
"We were dynamite in that segment of the race! That was the only stint where we had a new set of (Firestone) Red (tires), and it was fun being able to pass so many guys.
"We lost some spots in the pits, and then we just didn't have the rear of the car hooked up as well after the last restart (on lap 74 of 90 laps). I had to crawl along those last few laps just to keep it on the track and not lose the back end."