INDIANAPOLIS – The INDYCAR Grand Prix hasn’t always been kind to Andretti Autosport. Andretti has been so good in the Indy 500 though in winning three of the last five overall. Despite success on the 2.5-mile oval, they’ve struggled on the 2.39-mile road course.
Marco Andretti has failed to score a top 10 in all five of his tries. His best result is 13th last year. He’s also never started in the top 10 either.
Zach Veach finished 23rd in his debut in this race last year too.
Ryan Hunter-Reay has scored two podiums (2014, 2017) but those are his only top five finishes in five tries. His other results are 11th (2015), ninth (2016) and 18th (2018).
Alexander Rossi is trending in the right direction with finishes of 10th (2016), to eighth (2017) to fifth (2018). He’s only led two laps though in his career in this race.
Just look at their starting positions the last four years in this race – 16-17-20-23 in 2019 for Saturday. 12-15-17-19 in 2016, 8-9-11-20 in 2017 and 8-13-14-20 in 2018. Their results in those races?
9-10-12-15 (2016), 3-8-12-16 (2017) and 5-13-18-23 (2018).
See the correlation? We’re looking at another struggle for Andretti on Saturday. What’s puzzling about that is, Colton Herta and Harding Steinbrenner Racing have been bad fast this weekend.
Herta, is essentially a fifth Andretti car. He’s a rookie at that. He was quickest in practice on Friday and qualified his No. 88 Honda in fourth for Saturday’s race. How is he so fast but the rest of the Andretti bunch so slow?
Plus, Honda tested here last week and gained so much. The top four starters are all Honda’s. Why isn’t Andretti represented up there?
Herta, has everyone puzzled.