Round 1, Group 1 of qualifying on the streets of St. Petersburg saw Marco Andretti and U.S. Concrete / Curb machine take to the 1.8-mile street course in attempt to advance and fight for the pole position. Unfortunately, Andretti’s No. 98 machine came to a stop at the entrance of pit lane after one lap due to a fuel pick up problem, bringing out a red flag. The U.S. Concrete / Curb car showed strong pace during the practice sessions, but was not able to showcase its speed and fight for the pole position as a second red flag soon ended the session, costing Andretti the chance at recording a qualifying attempt.
CHASING THE CHECKERS.
After fighting to overcome the hand dealt by qualifying, U.S. Concrete driver Marco Andretti tangled with track debris and was forced to pit off strategy for a flat left front tire. The third-generation driver returned to the track to again fight his way back through the field. Andretti ran as high as second and consistently in the top 10 throughout the 110-lap race, before settling for a 13th-place finish
IN HIS WORDS.
“It was the toughest fought 13th we’ve had in a while. We had to overcome qualifying, and it’s just so hard to pass. You have to be flying in order to overtake… We got some guys but not enough, and then we got the flat tire and that was the nail in the coffin. We had a bit too much understeer for alternate pace, but the big killer was qualifying and then losing ground to that tire.”