Andretti Autosport Mid-Ohio Race 2 Review
 July 29, 2018| 
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07.29.18

 

It was an all-Andretti sweep this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as Patricio O'Ward, Colton Herta and Ryan Norman finished 1-2-3 in Sunday's race.
 
Patricio O'Ward led flag-to-flag once again, topping the podium for the second time this weekend. Hoping to finish one spot better than yesterday, Herta put the pressure on points leader O'Ward but ultimately ended the day from second. Looking to redeem himself after Race 1, Ryan worked his way up the field and successfully made the pass around Santi Urrutia putting him in podium contention. Norman was able to hold his position and finished third. Veteran driver, Dalton Kellett ended the day from fifth.

The Indy Lights drivers head into a three week break before making their way to Gateway Motorsports Park for the last oval of the season. Green flag for Round 15 of competition waves Saturday, August 25 at 3:45 p.m. ET.

 

No. 27 MEXICO #AWORLDOFITSOWN MAZDA
  • STARTED 1st//FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st(395 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Swept the weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earning his seventh Indy Lights career win
      "At the beginning I was way more comfortable because I got in front of Aaron by a few seconds. Then the yellow came out and that wasn't in our favor. Once Colton [Herta] could engage in push-to-pass, it was hard to get rid of him. I just wanted him to run out of the ones he had and then I knew I could take [the win] - but to get to that point was pretty hard. I'm really pleased with the weekend and the points gained. Looking forward to getting to Gateway next!"

       

       
      No. 98 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
      • STARTED 3rd//FINISHED 2nd
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (363 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Starting from the second row, Herta was able to pass Aaron Telitz early turning his focus to bringing home a win, but was unable to make the move around O'Ward and finished second//This is Herta's tenth podium of the season
          “I knew it would be a tough race after yesterday. I got the feel for the start – it’s easy if you start second place to hold the position around the outside and squeeze the bottom. I didn’t want to risk anything and touch Aaron [Telitz]. I didn’t get the best of starts but I got along side of [Aaron] in Turn 1 and then backed out and let him go through. I was able to get by on the next lap and from then on it was focus forward. It was tough, me and Pato [O'Ward] were just trading lap times. The safety car came out and we didn’t have too much after that. I got massive understeer and the front right just started ripping apart the last few laps. That’s what happens here – it’s tough once you have understeer and are following somebody. Eventually the tires fall off more and more. In the end, I think Pato was a little bit quicker than us today. It’s a shame, I thought we had a really good car in qualifying and I wish we could have maximized that a little more and start on Pole. We’ll go on to Gateway; it’s an important weekend for points.”

           

           
          No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
          • STARTED 7th//FINISHED 3rd
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (269 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Battled all afternoon for position ending the weekend with a solid third-place finish in his home state//This is Norman's third podium of the season
              “I was putting the pressure on [Santi Urrutia] and it was definitely all about timing coming out of Turn 2. There were a couple times that I got a pretty good run on him but couldn’t get by him. He made a slight mistake on the run that I got by him and I was able to go super deep in Turn 4 and was able to get around him and then spaced out. It was a fun race and it's really awesome to be able to podium in my home state. I was really heartbroken after yesterday but we were able to rebound today and grab the podium. Overall, there are a lot of positives to take away this weekend.”

               

               
              No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
              • STARTED 6th//FINISHED 5th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: Tied for 6th (250 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Gained position to earn his sixth top-five finish of the season
                  “Not an ideal finish - we obviously wanted to be back on the podium. Congrats to the teammates – another Andretti podium sweep. It’s been a good weekend overall, today it just seemed we couldn’t find the speed to be competitive. We had major high-speed understeer in Turn 1 and 11, so was really struggling there. Thanks to the K-LINE Ten80 crew for all the work they’ve done this weekend.”

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