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2014 Iowa Corn 300 Andretti Autosport Race Report

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James Hinchcliffe, Mayor of Hinchtown, Hinchtown, Andretti Autosport, United Fibre & Data
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

  • Started from the 14th position and ran as high as fifth position
  • Recorded a sixth-place finish under the lights in Iowa

“I think, from where we started, it’s obviously a good improvement (14th to sixth). We were really chasing the balance in the middle part of the race; we were making a lot of changes. Sometimes we overshot it, sometimes we undershot it. At the end there, that last run, I think we had a really strong car. If that last caution hadn’t have come out… we were running top Honda and catching a couple of the guys in front of us. I think we had a solid top-five finish in the cards, which from where we started, would have been great. But, that caution came, and those guys that did tires obviously made the right call. We’ll take it – it was a strong race in the end even when we weren’t running well, we fought back, worked on the car, and that’s what this United Fiber & Data crew is so good at. Not the best day, but not a bad day at all.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
  • Reigning Indy 500 champion captures his second victory on the 0.875-mile oval
  • Came into pit lane for fresh Firestone tires under the last caution period on Lap 284
  • Was ninth coming to the final restart with nine laps remaining in the race

“I’ve never had that happen before, so thanks to Michael Andretti and (engineer) Ray Gosselin for making the call. I mean, that was amazing! I had an opportunity to pick through it, and I knew it was going to come down to the wire. TK (Tony Kanaan) was really strong on old tires, so that was amazing, but I’m sure he’s pretty disappointed about it. That was so much fun. I hope I get another shot like that one day. The car was mediocre at times; the DHL car was really good at the beginning of the race and then everybody kind of caught up to us. It just became very difficult to go anywhere after the first couple stints. We had a tough time in the pits, we had a tough time on the track. Then at the end, we made the right call, and I just went for it. That was awesome.”

 

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 

  • Rookie crossed the finish line in the 12th position after starting fifth
  • Maintains the top spot in the rookie championship (unofficial)

“It was a really long night for us. The car just wasn’t there, I don’t really know what happened. Also, I don’t think I was 100% myself. We finished in the 12th position – it’s a really bad night, bad race for us. Now I’m just focusing ahead on Toronto.”

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Recorded an 18th-place finish after a mechanical issue ended his night 71 laps short of the checkered flag
  • Third-generation racer was seen as high as fourth 

 

“It was just a survival-type race. We were just trying to hang in to salvage something – we fought hard to stay on the lead lap. I think once the sun was totally down, the Snapple car started to get a little bit better. I’m just really bummed because I feel like we would have probably been on a similar strategy to Ryan (Hunter-Reay) at the end. I know, myself, I always would have taken tires. If I didn’t have a shot at winning, I would have tried something that would have given me a shot, so definitely disappointed.”