Andretti Autosport Race 2 St. Pete Report
 March 11, 2018| 
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Andretti Race 2 STP 2018
MARCH 11, 2018


The sun was out and the track was hot as Andretti Autosport's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires stable took to the streets of St. Pete this morning for Race Two of this weekend's double header.

It was an intense battle fighting for podium contention between Andretti teammates Patricio O'Ward and Colton Herta. Herta led nine laps and ran from position two before hitting a wall on Lap 9 ending his day with an eighth-place finish. O'Ward led the grid for 27 laps with a seven second gap before stalling on the track causing him to finish the day from position seven.

Sophomore Indy Lights driver, Ryan Norman, captured his first career Indy Lights podium this afternoon. After moving up three positions to position four, Norman kept pace and fought hard to pass and ended the day with a third-place finish.

  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (37 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Moved up the field four positions to earn a career best finish as well as his first Indy Lights podium finish
      "Over the off season, we worked really hard to close the gap we had last year. Definitely coming into this weekend, we had a lot more confidence. I’ve been here before - this is my second time racing at this track. We didn’t qualify that well, but got a good start on the second race. There was a spin, and I got put back a little bit, but I put my head down to stay consistent and put some pressure on Neil [Alberico] towards the end, and was able to make the pass."


      • STARTED 9th//FINISHED 6th
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 8th (28 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Started the race from P9 before gaining three positions and ending the day with a sixth place finish
          "Its just been one of those weekends. We started off with some mechanical issues and I made a mistake in practice and lost the first session. So we were playing catch up all through qualifying. We found the pace during Race One, but it was too little too late. These street courses you have to be fast right off the bat. Race Two was looking really good, we had a good start, and of all things, my belts came undone. My right shoulder belt came out so I had to slow down and loosen the belt and plug it back in and go. Either that or pit, so luckily I was able to fiddle with it for a lap, and finally get it clicked back in there. I think that is just a fluke thing, we can't really predict that. I’m really disappointed for the K-Line 28 crew. I think we definitely had a podium shot with all the attrition in the race. We would have been in a good spot at the end. Definitely disappointed, but still really confident in this car and this crew. We’ve done a lot of work in the offseason and definitely looking forward to Barber."


          • STARTED 1st//FINISHED 7th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (47 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Led the grid from pole for 27 laps before falling back and ending the day at P7.

              "Well we led the race into Turn 1, I got passed by Colton [Herta], then I passed him back after the safety car, and nine laps into the race, I did the most serious mistake I’ve ever done, and I went straight into Turn 4. I tried to do a donut, and succeeded, and while coming back on track, still in the lead, I released the clutch too fast and the engine died and then it wouldn’t start back up. I lost a ton of ground and I couldn’t believe it. I am mad at myself, that was a win for me and we just have to recover.I’ll flip the page later today. It’s not a big deal. We showed that we were super fast, and we basically dominated the entire weekend and I was the guy to beat. For some reason, I don’t know what I was thinking. I wish I could go back and change it but you can’t so I just have to deal with it now."


              • STARTED 2nd//FINISHED 8th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 6th (35 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Fought hard for podium contention after making contact with the wall led him unable to finish the race
                  "A simple driving mistake. Super bummed for the Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing team, super bummed for me. I shouldn’t be making those types of mistakes, so hopefully we can rebound. We have a few tests before Barber and to get back into the flow of things.I would say I am more mature this season during the races, but making stupid mistakes like that doesn’t show it. I need to improve myself and I’ll be there in Barber and hope to get a podium."

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