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2013 Houston II: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Oct 07, 2013 - 04:11 PM
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2013 Houston II: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap

In IZOD IndyCar Series action, the quartette of Andretti Autosport drivers took the the pavement around Reliant Park for the third and final doubleheader of the 2013 IndyCar season.


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GoDaddy driver James Hinchcliffe led the way behind the wheel of the pink No. 27 Chevrolet. Hinchcliffe teamed with GoDaddy to raise awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation with this weekend's special livery. While mechanical issues took the Canadian out of the race on Saturday, the Mayor of Hinchtown bounced back collecting his fourth podium finish of the season during Sunday's race.

E.J. Viso topped the charts for the team during Saturday's Race One with a ninth-place finish. Marking his 100th career start, the Venezuelan showed on Sunday that he is a factor for competition, running as high as sixth and challenging for a top-five finish before being collected in a last-lap crash. E.J. recorded a 16th-place finish on Sunday.

Behind the wheel of the RC Cola Chevy, third-generation racer Marco Andretti finished 13th in Saturday's race and started Sunday's 90-lap race from the fourth position. Falling victim to on track incidents, the American entered the pits for an unscheduled stop to change the car's rear wing. The second incident, also damaging the rear wing, didn't bring Marco to the pits, but resulted in a 20th-place finish.

Reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay had the speed needed this weekend to defend his tile, but unfortunately not the luck. He took the green flag for Race One from the 15th position and was advancing on the competition early in the race. Working his way comfortably inside the top 10, the American was on target for a top-five finish when the No. 1 car suffered mechanical issues. Hunter-Reay was forced to retire early from the race and recorded a 20th-place finish. Sunday saw RHR suffering similar fate when the No. 1 again fell victim to a mechanical issue, dropping from his third-place position and likely podium finish to rear of the field.

Everyone here at Andretti Autosport would like to send our best wishes to former Andretti driver and friend, Dario Franchitti, for a speedy recovery from injuries after Sunday's horrific crash in Houston. Our thoughts also go out to the fans injured in the event.

The Colombian-native Carlos Munoz was sidelined on the streets of Houston after experiencing mechanical issues after the first full course yellow flag in the 45-lap race. Munoz now heads to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. for his final race in the Firestone Indy Lights series in 2013.

Zach Veach experienced mechanical issues with only eight laps remaining in the 45-lap race around the Reliant Park Stadium circuit ending the day for the RePLAY XD machine; this marks the 11th top-10 finish for the Firestone Indy Lights rookie this season.

MAZDASPEED / AFS Racing driver Matthew Brabham captured his 12th and 13th Pro Mazda victories in this weekends finale doubleheader. Matty B was officially awarded the Pro Mazda Championship trophy at last night's Mazda Road to Indy Banquet.

With a 16th and a sixth-place finish this weekend, the USF2000 Championship rookie Garett Grist finished the championship points standings in third - the highest placed rookie of 2013.

Starstruck driver Shelby Blackstock ended his season with a pair of top-six finishes in Houston. The Nashville-native started Saturday's race from the front row and finished fourth. He recorded a sixth-place finish on Sunday. He clinched a third-place finish in the championship.

Recording his second and third top-10 finishes of the year (eighth-place on Saturday and seventh on Sunday), Austin Cindric ended his rookie year of USF2000 in the 17th position (of 28) in the championship.

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