Recap: Honda Indy Toronto

Qualifying

Weather played a role in Saturday’s qualifying session as a short rain fell and the track became just wet enough for each group of Round 1 qualifying to start on the Firestone rain-option tires.  

The track dried quickly during the second group’s run and Marco Andretti was one of the first to make his way to pit lane for a fresh set of Firestone Reds. Unfortunately, the timing didn’t work in the Oberto Circle K / Curb car’s favor and the Andretti-Herta team settled for a disappointing 14th-place starting position.

Chasing the checkers

Action ensued as soon as the green flag waved over the streets of Toronto for Sunday’s 85-lap race. Marco Andretti’s vibrant green and red Oberto Circle K  / Curb machine jumped five positions on Lap 1 to place himself inside of the top 10. The team brought Andretti into the pits for his first stop on Lap 18. During the first caution, the third-generation driver advanced six positions in fortune of making his first pit stop just 10 laps prior. Mid-way through the race, Andretti battled with Takuma Sato for fourth, eventually taking the position on Lap 42, just seconds before a third yellow flag was thrown. The series veteran ran solidly in fourth the remainder of the race. However misfortune struck Andretti an the No. 98 machine was forced in the pits with one lap to go for a splash of fuel after pitting just 28 laps prior. The Andretti-Herta team landed in 10th place.

In his words

I’m really disappointed. I just hate it for the Oberto boys because we had top-four pace all weekend and the only time we didn’t show it was in qualifying. We should’ve maybe had a shot at podium but definitely fourth. We were pretty good on cold tires. Everybody had a ton of pick-up so it made it a lot of fun when people were sliding around so we were able to capitalize. I saw the collector light come on with two laps to go and my heart sunk. We’ve had street course pace all year, we’re just not doing what we need to do as far as results and I’m pretty disappointed with that to be honest.

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