“We had a good showing for DHL and Honda today, but I don’t know what happened. It was something electrical. I tried cycling the car a few times and it didn’t fire. Then, once we had sat (in the runoff) for a few moments, we tried flipping a few switches and it fired back up again but it was too late to rejoin the race. It felt like the same issue we had at Pocono (2016). It really hurts when it’s that close to the end and I was closing on (Hinchcliffe); we were going to have a good showdown there at the end. That’s why this sport can be so rewarding and so cruel, there’s nothing you can do. Frustrating for sure but today it was out of our hands.”
- Laps led: 28
- Was running in second-place, charging for the lead when the No. 28 machine experienced an electrical issue, sidelining Hunter-Reay on Lap 79 of 85
What started as a promising day for the Andretti Autosport team ended in disappointment on the streets of Long Beach. Teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi both ran consistently in the top three after starting third and fifth, respectively. The duo’s pace put them on track for a pair of podium finishes before mechanical issues forced early retirement. The days of Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato were also cut short after suffering mechanical issues of their own. The four unrelated and unforeseeable issues served a blow to the quartet as they now look to fight back in two-weeks time.
The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Barber Motorsports Park next for a weekend of road-course racing beginning on April 21 with race day live on NBC Sports Network on April 23.