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2014 Detroit: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race One Recap
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 07:46 AM
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2014 Detroit: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race One Recap

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
• Started today's 70-lap race from the second position
• Recorded a career best Belle Isle finish of sixth place


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"The car was great. The guys did an awesome job in the pit stops - we just didn't have the cautions fall our way. At the end of the day, Helio (Castroneves) and I were on the same strategy. In my mind, that was the race for the win. If it had gone green, or if the yellows had fallen a bit differently, that was the guy we were racing. We definitely had a top three car....we just didn't have the luck of the yellows to capitalize on it. Again, we take comfort in the fact that the car was quick. The United Fiber & Data guys did a great job in the stops, and we'll try to come back stronger tomorrow."

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda
• Started Race One from P11 and finished in seventh
• Fought back from a front wing change on Lap 17 showing him in P18
• Series rookie was seen as high as fourth place

"We finished the race seventh; I think it was great points for the championship especially after we had to come in to change the front wing. I think I improved a lot, line-wise, too. Hopefully we'll have better luck with the yellow flags and the safety cars during Race Two. I'm really happy with the good points, especially with the rookie championship, so tomorrow is another day!"

Marco Andretti, No . 25 Snapple Honda
• Started Race One on Belle Isle from the 18th position and battled his way to lead a lap
• Finished in the 10th position after driving the closing laps of the race in fuel-save mode

"The car was handling good, it just became a fuel race. I wanted to be turned loose so bad because we had the pace when we were able to go, but the (Firestone) Reds were tough, the (Firestone) Blacks were okay. I feel bad what happened with Ryan at the end - I'm not really even sure what happened - I hope he knew I was saving fuel, I couldn't brake any deeper or I would have ran out of fuel."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
• Rolled off from the 21st grid position and fought his way as high as second before recording a 16th-place finish
• Was on his way to a top-10 finish when the No. 28 car met the tire barrier in Turn 7 on the final lap
• Retains the Verizon IndyCar Series championship points lead (unofficial)

"We had a rough day overall. Strategy wasn' t working for us and we kept losing spots on pit lane, losing spots on track... and it was just a tough day. At the end, I'm not really sure what happened. Marco (Andretti) seemed to be struggling on fuel and I got inside of him and just lost the rear of the car."

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