Andretti Autosport Gateway Race Recap
 August 25, 2018| 
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Andretti Gateway 2018 Race
MAZDA ST. LOUIS INDY LIGHTS OVAL CHALLENGE
PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
 
RACE REPORT
08.25.18

 

There wasn't a cloud in the sky at Gateway Motorsports Park Saturday morning as the Indy Lights team took to the oval for a shortened practice session followed quickly by qualifying.

The grid was set and it was an Andretti front row to start the 75-lap race as Colton Herta and Ryan Norman started 1-2 respectively. Teammates Patricio O'Ward and Dalton Kellett would take the green flag from third and fifth respectively. The entire race saw Herta and Norman battling for the top spot of the podium, with Herta leading 69 laps before Norman successfully made the pass and led the remaining six laps to victory. O'Ward finished third and it was an all-Andretti podium sweep to end the day.

 

 
No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
  • STARTED 2nd//FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 4th (314 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Passed teammate Colton Herta on Lap 69 moving up to P1//Norman led the remaining six laps to capture his first career Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires win
      “If you would’ve told me 30 laps into the race that this is how the day was going to end, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. I didn’t think I had what it took to get around Colton. I was able to get up behind him, but then he’d pull away a little more – props to him though, I had a great time racing with him today. We had 15 laps to go and I finally figured out a line through Turn 1. I was getting super wide and getting good power down through the turn. I tried making the move around Colton on the outside but didn’t really know if there would be grip there or not but there was, so I just stuck with that for the next four laps and was able to pull it off. Congratulations to Pato and Colton for an awesome race.”

       

       
      No. 98 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
      • STARTED 1st//FINISHED 2nd
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (402 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Started from the pole position and led 69 laps before surrendering the lead to teammate Ryan Norman//Herta collected his twelfth podium of the season
          “I think even with a good car, it would’ve been really hard to hold Ryan off. He was really strong where he needed to be. We were flat in Turns 3 and 4 so it was all about Turns 1 and 2, and he was coming out of those turns really well even when he was behind me, and that’s what made the difference and what allowed him to get around me. I’m happy with the result but a little disappointed. I wish the race would’ve ended 10 laps earlier because then it would’ve been a lot easier on me. Good job to Ryan though, he did a great job today and it was an exciting race for sure. It was shaping up to be a pretty boring race so I’m glad we were able to make it more exciting for the fans.”

           

           
          No. 27 MEXICO #AWORLDOFITSOWN MAZDA
          • STARTED 3rd//FINISHED 3rd
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (428 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Fell back to P6 at the start of the race//O'Ward made his way back up the field and solidified his eleventh podium of the season
              “I feel good about how the race went considering I fell back to sixth in the beginning. When I was running sixth, I just knew I didn’t want to finish from back there, so I knew I needed to pass as many cars as I could. I made my way back up to third, but by that time, Ryan and Colton were already pretty far ahead, so I just focused on not making any mistakes. I didn’t want to put the car in danger, so I just ran the race and waited for a yellow flag, but it didn’t come out. I’m satisfied with a third-place finish. I think we have a 26-point lead going into Portland, so I’m looking forward to redeeming myself there and ending the season with a couple wins to solidify the championship.”

               

               
              No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
              • STARTED 5th//FINISHED 7th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (271 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Made his 50th Indy Lights career start today on the 1.25-mile oval//Issues with shifting led to inconsistencies throughout the race and Kellett finished a lap down
                  “It was definitely a very frustrating afternoon. I obviously don’t want to see the No. 28 K-Line car do that poorly on an oval. The team worked really hard, but we were working through some AER issues with the shifting which was a problem for us all weekend. For the most part, there was some freeness in Turn 2 and waiting on those down shifts made us inconsistent. Once we lost the draft, it was difficult to stick with the rest of the pack. I’m frustrated but I think we can recuperate with a good result for the end of the season at Portland. We’re not in the championship but we want to get the best result we can- that’s all we’re thinking about."

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