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2014 Detroit: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Two Recap
Posted by: newsla on Jun 02, 2014 - 06:48 AM
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2014 Detroit: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Two Recap


James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
• Recorded best career finish on Belle Isle in fifth place with 10 laps led
• Moves up to 11th in the points standings

 

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"We were battling for third down the back straight, and (Charlie) Kimball made his car wide; that's all there was to it. I had to go to the outside. I had gone to the inside, but he didn't like that, so I went to the outside. He did a good job out-braking me, and I had to lift a bit on the exit there, and (Scott) Dixon got us. Fourth or fifth, it doesn't really matter - we're racing for podiums, we're racing for wins. I have to watch the race and see how it ended there. It was confusing race with all the different strategies and play, but again, the car was really fast. They United Fiber & Data guys were awesome in the pits. Considering how my past races in Detroit have gone, this is hell of a good weekend - two front-row starts and two top six finishes...we'll take it."

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda
• Colombian was shown as high as third position and finished the 70-lap race in eighth
• Maintains the highest ranked rookie position in points in sixth

"For this race I was a little bit frustrated because I think we had more than eighth position; our strategy was not optimal, and we were losing positions in pit lane. I think we had enough to finish in the top four. Maybe we weren't in the fight for the win because the two first cars were really quick, but we gained good points. This race was really just about surviving, it is a shame. Today brought more experience for me, and I am feeling more comfortable and making less mistakes."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda
• Third-generation racer quietly made his way to top 10 before later being penalized for contact on Lap 69 (of 70)
• Served his drive-thru penalty and finished Race Two in P16
• Sits fifth in the championship points standings

"It was one of the longest races of my career; it was a handful. It was loose all day, and it went from terrible to disgusting when we had the penalty, which was my fault. We'll move on from this and hopefully have better luck with the Snapple Honda next weekend in Texas."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
• Reigning Indy 500 champion was seen as high as third position
• Retired on Lap 62 due to a mechanical issue in P19
• Sits third in the championship points fight heading to Texas Motor Speedway

"It was a long weekend for the DHL crew. I'll try to erase this one from my memory and move on to Texas. What put us out was we lost pressure in the shift actuator, so we couldn't get out of first gear. We started with a puncture and we had to come in...then we were off strategy. We tried saving fuel, then we had to abandon that because it went green in the middle. Nothing we did worked this weekend. We will just move on from these two races and focus on the future."

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