Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report

“I was able to make a pass on VeeKay and came up to the top of the hill. I saw somebody dropped a wheel, but all of a sudden as I was coming out to pop up on (Simon) Pagenaud, (Josef) Newgarden came across the track. I spoke to him, he said he just lost it in dirty air. It’s unfortunate, too bad for DHL, AutoNation, Honda and this whole team. We battled drivetrain issues all weekend and we were hoping to have a good recovery today. But, on to St. Pete which is like a home race for me so hoping we can make it happen there.”

The 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season got off to an exciting start as the field of 24 cars charged into the opening lap to find the No. 2 car of Josef Newgarden spinning atop Turn 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay, along with a handful of other competitors, were collected in the incident. The multi-car incident ended the day early for the 28 team. Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe carried the flag for the #AllAndretti team, both driving clean races and recording solid results.


  • Was on a hard charge off of the green flag when the 28 was collected atop a blind hill entering Turn 5 by the spinning car of Josef Newgarden
  • Damage forced Hunter-Reay to retire before the completion of the first lap of the 90-lap event, resulting in a 24th-place ranking

From the hills of Birmingham, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now heads directly to the streets of St. Petersburg for Round 2 of the three-in-a-row season opening stretch. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg goes green April 25 at Noon Eastern on NBC.

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