Long Beach: Andretti Green Racing race report

LONG BEACH, Cali. (April 19, 2009) - Andretti Green Racing drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh completed the second race of the 2009 season at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Driver: Danica Patrick Car: ...

LONG BEACH, Cali. (April 19, 2009) - Andretti Green Racing drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh completed the second race of the 2009 season at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Driver:  Danica Patrick

Car: #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Danica Patrick: Started 22nd, finished 4th
"It was a good job on the strategy for the #7 car. We pitted at the right times. If the yellows would have fallen just right, maybe we'd have made it to the podium, but there was just no passing out there. Unfortunately, I made a little mistake and Will Power got by and then Tony Kanaan got by me. But it was a much better day than yesterday's qualifying run. I'm real proud of my crew for keeping their heads down and making a result out of it, instead of getting down. The Motorola guys did a great job and got me out quickly."

Driver: Tony Kanaan
Car: #11 Team 7-Eleven/Dr Pepper Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Tony Kanaan: Started 11th, finished 3rd
"I've got to thank the whole team and the Team 7-Eleven/Dr Pepper crew. We had a rough weekend up until today but were we able to pull through. We had a really good day; I'm extremely happy with our performance and glad we were able to get the #11 car on the podium."

Driver:  Marco Andretti

Car: #26 AFS Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Marco Andretti: Started 19th, finished 6th
"I think today was definitely a good effort for the #26 car. We found some speed during the morning warms-up and were able to have the pace we needed to work our way through the field. The whole AFS crew did a great job in the pits and Kyle (Moyer) made some great calls to get us to the front. Unfortunately, we were held up by a couple yellows but we had one of the fastest cars, for sure. This weekend we learned a lot about what we need to work on the rest of the season. I'm looking forward to Kansas next weekend."

Driver: Hideki Mutoh
Car: #27 Formula Dream Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Hideki Mutoh: Started 17th, finished 20th
"We got stuck in traffic a couple of times but we were able to save fuel. We had a good first pit stop and were able to move up a position so I was hopeful we could continue moving up the field. It was unlucky that I got involved in a crash, but the Formula Dream crew was able to fix the damage and we able to get back in the race. We hung in as long as we could and gained the most possible points. It was an unlucky weekend for #27 car, but looking forward to Kansas next weekend."

-credit: agr

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