Kansas: Andretti Green Racing race report

Danica Patrick, ...

Danica Patrick, #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I am disappointed that the Motorola car had to cut the day short due to the right rear wheel mount. I came on the radio earlier in the race saying there was some movement in the car, but we had no idea that it was that serious. We came into the race with a great car, and struggled to stay up front from the beginning. I hope that this does not cause me to lose many positions in the championship standings."

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"If you watched the last 30 laps of the race, you could see I was just trying to catch Dan (Wheldon). Unfortunately, I definitely didn't have anything for him. Second place is pretty good, especially before Indy. The 7-Eleven team can carry the momentum into the month. It's a good finish, so let's see what happens."

Marco Andretti, #26 Forsythe Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It was a struggle today. It is these kinds of days that you have to fight through that will really help you in the championship. The car balance wasn't the best but we can't complain about fifth place. I think Helio (Castroneves) has a little more experience than I do in close finishes, so he may have been hiding a little bit of speed in the closing laps. He turned it on and ended up getting me at the line. It would have been nice to put the Forsythe car in fourth but from what we were dealing with, I'm happy with fifth."

Hideki Mutoh, #27 Formula Dream Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"A sixth-place finish is the best result for me on an oval race track. Considering the fact I started from the 13th position, I am happy with the result. The Formula Dream crew gave me a very good car, so I was able to race hard against the Penske cars at the end. That was an exciting finish. I think our strategy was perfect for today's race and I learned so much."

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Raphael Matos, #27 AFS/AGR Dallara/Firestone
"The AFS/AGR team was having a great race, a very clean race, when Jeff Simmons took me out again, just like he did in St. Pete. I was running on the outside, in my line, and he just came up into me and hit me. It forced me into the wall and we were unable to fix the damage done to the car and the day was over for us. It's unfortunate because we're racing for a championship out there."

Arie Luyendyk Jr., #26 AGR/AFS Dallara/Firestone
"Our car struggled a bit on the restarts and I think that's what caught us at the end. Other than that, the AGR/AFS car was beautiful to drive. We had a few really good opening laps that helped me move up to third right away. Then it was just (J.R.) Hildebrand and I up at the front for awhile, working together to get away from everybody, but the restarts brought everyone back together. The AGR/AFS crew did a great job today. We had a tough car to drive this weekend, but it was fast. It was just a shame that we couldn't pick up that first win."

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti , Hideki Mutoh , Danica Patrick , Arie Luyendyk Jr.