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2014 Mid-Ohio: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 04, 2014 - 06:17 AM
IndyCar Weekend Team Reports
2014 Mid-Ohio: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Preview


James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
• Started today's Honday Indy 200 from the 17th position and quickly moved to the top six after an incident on the opening lap
• Was shown in the first position on Lap 67 before finishing third - his first podium of the 2014 season

 

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"That start was pretty crazy. Going down into Turn 4 there, it was like the seas parted in front of me. I felt bad for the guys that got involved in that wreck, but it allowed us to get up there a little bit. The car was really fast;we were running off some really good lap times there. We got caught behind a couple of guys at some point we might have been able to pick one more spot up. I'm really proud of the United Fiber & Data guys... great in the pits, awesome car. Fun driving with Sebastien (Bourdais) there in the end. Obviously, big congrats to (Scott) Dixon. I don't know why they don't just give him the trophy when we get here on Thursday. Good job to those guys."

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda
• Colombian was seen as high as second and made his way across the finish line in fourth place
• 22-year-old's finish matches his only finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (fourth in Indy Lights, 2013)
• Highest finishing rookie and maintains his position as first in the rookie championship fight

"I think it's a great finish since that first corner when Tony (Kanaan) spun around - I lost a lot of positions. We got them back but we ended up losing the third position in our last pit stop. I'm really happy with the Cinsay car - it was really fast out there, so I'm happy with fourth. Last year I also finished fourth, in Indy Lights, now I've finished fourth in IndyCar and it's great points for the championship and for my rookie championship. Three more races until the season's finished and each time I'm more and more comfortable."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
• Started from fifth and pitted on Lap 26 from the first position resulting in a drive-thru penalty due to a pit lane speed violation dropping him to the bottom half of the top 10
• ESPYS 2014 Best Driver experienced a spin on Lap 36 stalling the No. 28 machine in Turn 12 bringing out a yellow flag and dropping the American to the rear of the field
• Fought his way back to record an 11th-place result

"It was one of those days we really needed to capitalize. I don't know what happened with the pit lane speed situation; I don't know if I double clicked the button or what, but I hit it the first time and we ended up violating the pit lane speed. We had to come through for a penalty and that put us back in the field. I had a spin there...we recovered from that to put the DHL car in 10th, narrowed the points margin to the points leader but not enough. We'll have to get pretty creative here the rest of the year."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda
• Collected at the start of the race and was unable to complete one lap
• Due to damage to the No. 25 car, retired early recording a 22nd-place result

"Today's crash was just a victim of being in the back. Obviously there was a lot of carnage, but as soon as, I think it was Hinchcliffe, in front of me made an evasive move, I was right on top of Tony (Kanaan) and I didn't know he was backwards. I could have used a spotter there, that would have helped. That's what happens when you qualify back there. I need to improve on that."

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