Andretti Autosport Road America Race 2 Report
 June 25, 2017| 
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RACE 2 REPORT
06.25.17
On a breezy, cool morning outside of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the Indy Lights drivers of Andretti Autosport took to Road America for Race 2 of their weekend doubleheader, Round 9 of the 2017 season. Heading west next, the teams shift focus to their second oval race of the year, competing at Iowa Speedway for Round 10, July 8 and 9.

 
 
No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda
  • Started: 1st //Finished: 3rd
  • Championship: 3 / 14 (161 pts.)
  • Today's finish earned Herta his fourth podium of the season
      “It feels good to be back on the podium! We’ve had a bad month and weekend. We didn’t practice Friday and were only able to go out for half of the qualifying session for Race 1, so we didn’t really have a lot of time to perfect the car before Race 1. To earn the pole and a podium for Race 2, I’m happy. We secured some good points and I think it’s a good rebound – the car felt good. I’m ready to head to Iowa for testing and prepare for the race.”

       

      No. 48 Flip Side Mazda

      • Started: 14th //Finished: 7th
      • Championship: 10 / 14 (111 pts.)
          “Overall, I think from where we started we did a great job in the race. I think I could have had sixth place if I didn’t run out of push-to-passes at the end there. The car was great. The car’s been great all weekend. I think if we can continue to qualify up front like we did yesterday, we’ll be able to stay up front with our race pace. Overall, this weekend is definitively a positive and it’s definitely a confidence booster, so we’ll just go into the next few races and try to push forward for a podium.”

           

          No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda

          • Started: 12th //Finished: 9th
          • Championship: 11 / 14 (110 pts.)
           
              “The start of the race went really well. I moved up four or five spots on the first lap but just couldn’t keep the car under us during the race. Setup and driving-wise, we just never hit the nail on the head throughout the weekend. There’s definitely something between the way I’m driving the car and the way we’re tackling setup that’s just not working. It’s frustrating, but I think we can definitely use this as a good experience moving forward so we know a little bit better where we need to focus when we’re setting up the car."

               

              No. 27 Synova Mazda

              • Started: 8th //Finished: 14th
              • Championship: 4 / 14 (159 pts.)
               
                  “Everything was fine during the warm up lap. I had a good start, picked up a few spots and then in the exit of [Turn] 5, I couldn't change gears and we needed to pit. We never made it back out. We lost a lot of points today, which is a big bummer but we’ll try to bounce back in Iowa. Obviously I’m extremely disappointed; it's always frustrating when things are out of your control."
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