Grand Prix of Houston: Race 1 Report

GPHouston_logoReigning series champion and Texas-born Ryan Hunter-Reay took the green flag from the 15th position and was advancing on the competition early in the race. Working his way comfortably inside the top 10, the American was on target for a top-five finish when the No. 1 car suffered mechanical issues. Hunter-Reay was forced to retire from the 90-lap race on Lap 56 and recorded a 20th-place finish. He remains fifth in the points standings (unofficial) entering his 150th career start tomorrow.

“The dash just said low pressure, so something in the gear shifting mechanism lost pressure; I think we might have melted a line back there somehow. I don’t know how many races this season we’re sitting here watching the end of the race instead of being in it. We had a good day going on and the guys worked hard, I was hanging on to a car I’m not really comfortable with at the moment. We’re going to make some changes for tomorrow, but I think we had a top five car. The track is brutal, the heat isn’t an issue, but the bumps are just brutal and playing havoc on our setup right now.”

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