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Wisconsin 250 Andretti Autosport Race Report

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James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

 

  • Endured mechanical issues during his pit stop, making the Canadian unable to take four Firestone tires – the United Fiber & Data Honda returned for a second pit stop the next lap dropping him to the 20th position
  • 27-year-old came home in P19

 

” One to forget, for sure. We had a decent car early – the guys were good on the first round of stops. On the second stop, we had something happen with one of the guns and lost a couple laps having to come in twice to get that fixed. It kind of went from bad to worse after that. We battled some kind of problem, not quite sure what it was yet, but the balance just completely went away…it just went loose. I was running everything I had on the car to try and battle understeer, and I was still really hanging on to the thing. It wasn’t like that in the beginning; we were running with guys like (Scott) Dixon, (Josef) Newgarden and they made it to the top five. It’s unfortunate – a bit of a missed opportunity and we have to get to the bottom of why.”

 
 

 

 

 

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Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Third-generation racer was seen as high as second before enduring problems with the fuel probe during his final pit stop on Lap 186 pushing him back to P17
  • The American came to the IndyFest twin checkers in the 13th position

 

Today went from bad to worse. We made our way to the front and were going to hang in there for a top five or top six, but we had a long pit stop there towards the end. Looks like something went wrong with getting the fuel in the car and that took us out of the lead pack.”

 

 
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Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
  • The three-time Milwaukee winner quietly maneuvered his way to the top four after starting from the 19th position
  • Reigning Indy 500 champ’s DHL Honda suffered a mechanical issue on Lap 168 forcing him to retire from the 250-mile race in the 21st position
  • Florida resident and DHL today announced the continuation of their partnership with Andretti Autosport taking them into 2015 through 2017

“I could feel it running rough the lap before that, so it wasn’t a clean suspension break. It was something with the right rear – the CV joint popped out or something. Every time I would go back to power it would squat big time; it was undrivable. We had a great start… the yellow kind of got us, but what are you going to do? I love this place. It wasn’t exactly the balance we wanted, and this is probably our Championship hopes going up in smoke right now. Just signed a three-year deal with Andretti Autosport and DHL, so very happy about that.  I wish I could have gotten them a win today. I wish we, as a team, would be out there celebrating with DHL in victory circle.”

 

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Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 
  • No. 34 machine got caught in the marbles and made contact with the wall on Lap 131 incurring too much damage to continue forcing the Colombian to retire to the 22nd position
  • Maintains his first position in the rookie championship standings heading into the season’s penultimate event (unofficial)

 

“I went to the marbles, and once you’re in the marbles, it’s impossible to go back and I just hit the wall. It’s a shame. The truth is we haven’t been, this weekend, in the front, and we have to think about next week -Sonoma. Today is a race to forget; I will learn from this… I will learn from everything for next year.”