Hunter-Reay leads Andretti efforts at Belle Isle

Andretti Press Release

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, No. 28 Hunter-Reay finished today's race in the seventh position, he ran as high as fourth in the No. 28 Chevy.

"Unfortunately, we got really hung up behind Viso in the whole first stint and couldn't get by him. We ended up finding out that we had some mechanical problems that haunted us all day. We were kind of fighting with one arm behind our back. It is good to still be able to salvage points, even after a day like today. Thanks to my Andretti Autosport team for their work and also to DHL, Sun Drop and Circle K."

Marco Andretti, Team RC Cola Chevrolet, No. 26 Andretti finished today's race 11th, after starting 24th.

Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet

Photo by: Adriano Manocchia

"I think it should have been a full race today. The pits closed right before I was going to come in, so I had to stay out. I had to then pit under the yellow flag, which made me lose track position. I had a full tank of fuel and new tires, so I just wish we could have ran the whole distance. I'm looking forward to Texas and improving our results even more."

James Hinchcliffe, Team Chevrolet, No. 27 Hinchcliffe's day was cut short when track debris lodged under the car; he was launched into the Turn 6 tire barrier on Lap 38.

"I have never seen anything quite like this. We saw (the track surface) starting to come up early. They had the debris flags down in Turn 5 and Turn 9. These giant pieces of this tar that had been ripped up, I guess there was nothing they could do about it so they just let us keep running. It was like playing Russian Roulette and I just pulled the bullet. I came through Turn 6 and a new chunk ripped up. It had a big chunk of concrete attached to the bottom of it. It flipped under the car, lifted the front wheels off the ground and that was it - I was just a passenger. I feel bad for the Go Daddy guys because we had got ourselves back up into the top 10; we were working that three stop strategy. It's just a bummer that we pulled the short straw today. Obviously, there was a situation with the track today, but it's unfortunate that it took us out of the race to really realize it was a problem."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti , James Hinchcliffe
Teams Andretti Autosport
Tags andretti, belle isle, detroit, hunter-reay, indy car