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2014 Sonoma: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Aug 25, 2014 - 06:48 AM
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2014 Sonoma: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
• Started from the 10th position and earned a podium finish - his third second-place finish of the season
• Maintains fourth in the points standings, still in contention for the championship heading to Fontana's double-point weekend


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"We had a really good car, so I was able to move through traffic when I needed to. That last set of tires on there, for some reason we missed the pressures on them; they went high. I'm not sure what happened but just had an imbalance and had nothing for Scott (Dixon). I was able to keep his pace. We passed the cars we needed to, got through there and with one lap, we kind of ran out of steam. Unfortunately, second, like you said, is not what we needed but, you know, it's a pretty good day. The guys did a great job. We have everybody from DHL here and it's just a good team effort today."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda
• Began the 85-lap race from the 13th position and ran as high as the fifth position
• Dodged the opening-lap incident gaining seven positions on the start, recorded an eighth-place finish

"We got caught out by a yellow flag... it was a really frustrating day. The Snapple car had position, but we couldn't really take advantage and capitalize on it, so we're a little disappointed."

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
• Canadian started from the second row on the 2.385-mile circuit and was collected on the opening lap forcing an unscheduled pit stop to assess damage
• Finished the day in the 12th position

"It wasn't the day we planned for, obviously. On the first lap going into Turn 2, Scott (Dixon) just really didn't give me enough room. He didn't do anything intentional, but he pinched me right down to the curb. I tried to get out of his way; he had plenty of track to the left but decided to use all the track I was trying to use and ended up spinning us. At a track that's as track-position dependent as this one, that absolutely murdered our day, and he gets away scot-free. It's kind of disappointing. Helio (Castroneves) got caught up in that, too. It's just tough, you know? The United Fiber & Data crew and I rebounded really well from practice to qualifying on the second row, and our day was done two corners in. We did what we could to battle back to 12th, but it's tough back there. It was a track position kind of day... tough break, I'm really disappointed. Again, it kind of sums up the year that we've had."

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda
• Series freshman became entangled in the Lap 1 incident but was seen as high as second before coming to the twin checkers in the 19th position after losing pace
• Heads into the season finale ninth in the points fight, first in the rookie championship points standings

"Another race to forget. Again I was involved in the little confusion at the start, and it cost me a lot of positions. After that, our strategy unfortunately didn't pay off at all. It's really hard to pass here, and it was just an awful day after that mistake. We have to rebuild for Fontana and finish the championship in a good position."

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