MAVTV 500 Race Report

16C_6815-1“I wasn’t expecting (Juan Pablo) Montoya to come up; he had a lane on the inside, and I was sitting next to… I’m not sure who it was, just waiting to go thru Turn 1 and Montoya came right up. It’s tough – it was pack racing, it was crazy out there. I didn’t have anywhere to go (after getting hit), I’m just glad Ryan’s (Briscoe) okay – that was a nasty hit and it could have been a lot worse. One lap to go, figures we couldn’t make it to the finish. It was looking like a good finish for the No. 28 DHL team; we turned some things around and hopefully we can do it again at Milwaukee.”

The California sunshine brought highs and lows in a nail-biting 500-mile race at Auto Club Speedway. All three Andretti Autosport drivers were shown as race leaders in today’s MAVTV 500. The 250-lap event set a new all-time record for lead changes with 80 passes for P1.

After starting from 14th and fighting his way to the front of the pack late in the race, Ryan Hunter-Reay also came into the pits on his way to the final restart and was working with teammate Andretti to get to the front. As he quickly advanced through the field, the No. 28 was pinched into a collision, ending the day one lap short of the checkered. The DHL car recorded a 16th-place finish after running as high as the first position today. The American’s three laps led marked the first race lead of the season for the 2014 Indy 500 Champion.

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