Saturday’s qualifying saw Marco Andretti battle for a spot in the top 12 in the second Group of Round 1. Unfortunately, Andretti did not advance after suffering qualifying mishaps. Andretti flat-spotted the tires in Turn 1 during the first round of qualifying resulting in a penalty and the loss of the 98’s fastest lap.
Andretti and the No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda would settle for a 20th starting position.
CHASING THE CHECKERS.
After taking the green flag from the 20th position, Marco Andretti was a man on a mission, driving his way to P11 by just Lap 18. By Lap 63, skilled driving, quick pit work from the U.S. Concrete / Curb team placed the No. 98 into the sixth position, where Andretti would remain through the checkered flag. Andretti now sits first in the Tag Heuer “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” standings with a total of 31 positions gained this season.
From the west coast, the Verizon IndyCar Series now heads to Birmingham for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The 90-lap race at the scenic Barber Motorsports Park can be seen on NBC Sports Network Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. ET.
IN HIS WORDS.
“We had to just be persistent today. Myself and the guys, we just stayed in it and didn’t make mistakes. This race just comes down to attrition sometimes. There are so many corners where you can get taken out if you go too deep – that’s what took me out of qualifying yesterday. I keep saying that as soon as we qualify in the top 10, we’re going to win a race. Congrats to Alex on his win and great job to all my U.S. Concrete guys.”