ABC Supply 500 Race Report

“I’ve been through 500 miles plenty of times, but I’m just beat after this one. It was a great run though, we started with a lot of downforce since we started at the back of the field. Because we didn’t have a final practice or warmup after Qualifying, it took a while to get the balance of the car right. We started really slicing our way through it and I thought ‘Hey, we really have something here,’ – we were leading at halfway. I thought it was going to be a good end to the race, but we just didn’t get enough downforce out of [the car]. I was getting big runs on guys, but just couldn’t complete it. But I’m really happy to just get back in the car today and put the effort forward. We put on a good showing for DHL and for the fans out here, and that’s important. It was a test today; it was a mental test, no doubt, and a physical one as well. I was really glad to roll back into pit lane after the race and see the crew here with smiles on their faces.”

Fan-filled grandstands at Pocono Raceway saw an epic Indy car battle as 42 lead changes played out over 500 miles at the Tricky Triangle. Expedite Home Loans driver Takuma Sato lead the field of 22 cars to the green flag, and each of his teammates then continued to see the first position. Alexander Rossi captured a total of 44 laps led, while Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti led 12 and 9 laps, respectively.

  • Started 21st // Finished 8th
  • Championship: 11th (322 pts.)
  • Of Note: Battled through the pain lingering from Saturday’s qualifying crash… Saw nearly each of the 22 positions during the 500-mile race after starting from 21st and working his way to lead 12 laps

The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads directly to Gateway Motorsports Park for the return of Indy cars to the St. Louis area. Catch the last oval of the season live on NBC Sports Network Saturday, August 26, at 9 p.m. ET.

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