Andretti Autosport Race One Toronto Report
 July 14, 2018| 
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RACE ONE REPORT
07.14.18

 

Tomorrowthe stable of four will close out race weekend on the streets of Toronto with one last qualifying session followed by Race 2 in the afternoon. The drivers will hit the streets at9:05 a.m. ETfor qualifying with green flag waving at 12:25 p.m. ET.

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No. 27 MEXICO #AWORLDOFITSOWN MAZDA
  • STARTED 2nd//FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (306 pts.)
  • OF NOTE:Scored his fifth win of the season, the most of any driver in the Indy Lights field//Led all 35 laps and crossed the finish line with the championship lead
      “This is the most physical track I've raced on so far this season. The track today was bumpy and it was hard to keep everything perfect and not put the car into the wall. It was crucial for us to do well today and once I had the lead I knew I had everyone behind me trying to catch up. I was aware of how fast I was going and I knew that more pace was going to be risky and I didn't want to do that being in the front. We kept the momentum going from last weekend and we're in the points lead again so I'm really happy with the win today.”

       

       
      No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
      • STARTED 6th//FINISHED 3rd
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (211 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Earned his second career podium in today's 35-lap race
          “It was a crazy race. I got a great start but struggled to keep the car under me in the first 10 laps or so and everyone got back by me. The rain started coming and we just stayed consistent. I almost got around Santi [Urrutia] at the end, but over-broke into Turn 3 a little bit. The car was great once the tires started coming in. I’m really happy with today’s race.”

           

           
          No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
          • STARTED 7th//FINISHED 5th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (194 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Made contact with the tire barriers forcing the Canadian driver into the pits for a front wing change//Came back to score a top-five finish running one lap down
              “It definitely wasn't the result we were looking for and we've been struggling to find pace all weekend for the No. 28 car. We're not sure what it is that we need to figure out between driving and setup but we need to do something different. It's never the goal to not be competitive here in my hometown, or at any race for that matter. It was a tough track and had a lot of us spinning out with a lot of accidents but we'd rather make honest positions passing people than collecting spots from crashes.

               

              No. 98 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
              • STARTED 1st//FINISHED 7th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (298 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Made contact with the wall on Lap 23 forcing early retirement for the No. 98 car//Despite the early exit, Herta breaks the Indy Lights #IndyTO track race record with a lap of 1:04:051 breaking his own record he set last year.
                  “It was a frustrating race today. I was running P2 when I hit a bump and the wheel just ripped out of my hands and we went into the wall. Through all this, I have to thank the medical team – they’ve been great. The 98 car was quick today, unfortunately we just couldn’t show it.”

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