ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT IZOD INDYCAR SERIES NOTES AND QUOTES, POST-RACE HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
MARCO ANDRETTI, #26 TEAM VENOM ENERGY DRINK CAR
Involved in a multi-car, first-corner incident that ended with his car upside down for the second year in a row in the season-opener; finished 24th
"Today was a disappointing start to the season for the Venom Energy car. I took the green and had a good run going on the inside of (Ryan) Briscoe and then Helio (Castroneves) misjudged his breaking point and ran up into the back of me. It was all a chain of events from there. I think having the cars start so close together is great for the fans but it was no good for me today."
MIKE CONWAY, #27 TEAM GoDaddy.com CAR
Taken out in a first-lap incident at the Honda Grand Prix; finished 23rd
(ON THE FIRST LAP INCIDENT) "Someone obviously went into the first corner too hard, and it's a bit silly really - the first lap of the race and a long way to go. It's a shame for the GoDaddy.com car was good all weekend and were easily on for a top result. It's a shame for the Andretti team. We were all in a position to have a good result."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #28 TEAM DHL/SUN DROP CITRUS SODA CAR
Struck from behind on an early-race restart and only returned to action after a lengthy stop for car repairs; finished 21st
(ON THE FIRST LAP INCIDENT) "I don't know what happened. Someone cleared everybody out on the start, and I was lucky enough to be in the right place. I lifted, went to the inside, they all cleared out and I kind of picked my way through it.
"After that, it was just restart after restart after restart. I was hoping so badly we would just go green, but we didn't. It's a shame. The DHL/Sun Drop car was good; we were fourth and we just got taken out. Somebody cleared us out from behind."
DANICA PATRICK, #7 TEAM GoDaddy.com CAR
Was forced to pit lane to change the nose and front wing on the car twice; returned to action to finish 11th
"Overall, I have to feel pretty fortunate to have made it to the end with the GoDaddy car. The beginning was really intense but we were able to stay out of the major trouble. I think we are going to head into Barber with a better idea on what we need to have the results we want."