Andretti Autosport Sunday report

Sao Paulo

Note: INDYCAR has postponed the Indy 300 until 8:05 a.m. (Eastern) Monday, May 2 due to weather. The race will resume on lap 15 with one hour, 19 minutes remaining in the two-hour race time limit.

What a disappointing day.

Danica Patrick

Starts P6 tomorrow, on the lead lap

"I think today was just about survival plain and simple. We tried to keep things clean and move up when we could with the Venom car. I saw the danger factor in continuing the race - the back straightway was really bad and there was no clear view. It sounds like we will start tomorrow how things ended up today which is good for us on the 26 side, but I obviously feel for my teammates that it's not helping."

Will start in 20th position, one lap down

"Obviously the rain affected our day. It's a shame. We moved the Window World Cares car up to third and were looking ok but with heavy rain it was difficult to see and it would have been dangerous to continue. I'm pretty sure it was the right thing to stop, but at the same time you want to get the race in. Obviously a lot of disappointed fans today and it would have been nice to put on a show for the; hopefully they'll come back out tomorrow. We had some issues with the car there at the end, possibly electrical due to the rain, and that's why we stalled. We'll take a look tonight and see what exactly the problem was."

Trouble for Danica Patrick, Andretti Autosport, Simona de Silvestro, HVM Racing, Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
Trouble for Danica Patrick, Andretti Autosport, Simona de Silvestro, HVM Racing, Helio Castroneves, Team Penske

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Starts the race in P22, two laps down

"Today was frustrating for us. I made a mistake on the first lap, it was the same mistake a lot of drivers made but we're two laps down because of it. I think we're starting tomorrow based off the end of the day today. I obviously would have been in favor of a full restart. The DHL/Sun Drop car is strong and can be a contender here so I'd like to get back on the front row. We'll go back to work again tomorrow."

Will start the postponed race in P25, nine laps down

"What a disappointing day. We started the day 17th with the GoDaddy car and I just wanted to get through the start. The start was going to be chaos, I was pretty sure of that. I left enough room to negotiate if something happened. A car was on the outside of me and we entered turn one side-by-side and went side-by-side through the chicane. Two cars were stopped outside and I had time to react - I slowed down and then got hit and spun around. It's a crash. Things like that happen on a start in a place like this in the rain; cars can't see coming into turn one and there's no room for error. It's really unfortunate. Luckily the guys were able to fix the car during the red flags and we were ready to go again when the race got called for the day. We'll see what tomorrow brings and how they decide to restart the race. Anything could happen at this point."

-source: andretti autosport

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Simona de Silvestro , Danica Patrick
Teams Andretti Autosport , Team Penske , HVM Racing
Tags andretti, brazil, conway, hunter-reay, patrick, rain