Andretti Autosport Portland Race 2 Review
 September 2, 2018| 
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RACE TWO REPORT
09.02.18

 

Saturday's Race 2 qualifying saw two red flags - the first being Patricio O'Ward finding himself in the tires going into Turn 4. Unable to finish the session, O'Ward would see the green flag from the back of the field in seventh. Starting on outside of Row 3, Veteran Dalton Kellett started from sixth. Still ahead of Race 2 and with the championship on the line, Colton Herta was looking to maximize the No. 98 machine's potential and grab the pole, but fell short and took the start from fourth. In an exciting turn of events, it was sophomore driver, Ryan Norman starting on the inside of Row 1 after claiming the pole position.

Race 2 was full of action-packed, aggressive driving to close out the season. Starting from pole, Ryan Norman, along with teammates Dalton Kellett and Colton Herta fell victim to multiple car contact which found Herta spun around, Kellett taking a detour through the grass and Norman suffering front-end suspension damage unable to finish the race. Kellett would finish the day from seventh and Herta would see the checkered from fourth. Avoiding contact on the opening lap, newly crowned Indy Lights champion, Patricio O'Ward, would make his way up the field from seventh and lead a total of 18 laps to capture his last win of the season.

 

No. 27 CDMX MEXICO CITY STELLRECHT MAZDA
  • STARTED 7th//FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (491 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Swept the last double-header weekend grabbing one pole and two race wins//O'Ward finishes his rookie Indy Lights season first in points standings making him the last Mazda Road to Indy Series Champion
      "I saw six cars go wide going into Turn 1 and I said to myself that probably only two of them are going to come out of there. Sure enough we made it out okay and we were running third. After that incident I picked them off one by one. Santi [Urrutia] made it really hard on me the entire race. I knew if I could get by him I could run away with the race - I was going after the win. It was the only race in my life where I didn’t have pressure and I wanted to end it in style and I wanted to be the only one in the winners circle doing donuts out on track. I set a goal for myself going into this season - I told my dad I want to get 10 poles and 10 wins, but I was joking. Then we get to the end of the season and we came up short of one each! We had a bullet of a car all year and this season has really been a dream come true!"

       

       
      No. 98 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
      • STARTED 4th//FINISHED 4th
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (447 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Colton Herta fell victim to contact with multiple cars going into Turn 1 on Lap 1 causing him to fall towards the back of the field//Herta ended his day from fourth - second overall in the championship
          "It was a tough weekend overall. We showed good pace, but having contact in both weekends hampered our end results. I'm still happy with P2 and P4 finishes, but we were hoping for more. I'm very happy of the Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing team this year they were flawless and the No. 98 car was great all year."

           

           
          No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
          • STARTED 6th//FINISHED 7th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (299 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: In an attempt to avoid contact on the opening lap, Dalton Kellett found himself off-track, up and over safety barriers causing front-end damage//Kellett headed into the pits for repairs but ultimately finished the race seventh and three laps down - Kellett finishes seventh overall in the championship
              "Well it was a wild ride. If you can’t win, you might as well become a meme. The incident at the start of the race is making its rounds on Twitter which is fun. The K-Line crew did a great job getting a new push line on and we had a great car once they got me back on track. We got back on track. The car felt great and we were still two of the four fastest cars on track."

               

              No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
              • STARTED 1st//FINISHED 8th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 4th (345 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Falling victim to contact made with Victor Franzoni on Lap 1, Ryan Norman suffered damage to his front-left suspension leaving him unable to finish the race after starting from pole//Norman finishes fourth overall in the championship
                  "I think [Victor] Franzoni was the one who originally hit me going into Turn 1, but there were other drivers who out broke themselves going into that same turn at the start. It's the last race of the season and I understand we all wanted to get this race win, butI think it was an immature, unprofessional thing to do. I thought we had a good chance to win this race, sadly not. I guess we’ll just come back next year and go for the championship."

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