With rain clouds looming, one by one the field of 22 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers laid down their fastest times to set the grid for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500. Marco Andretti took the track next for the team cars, securing a speed fast enough for an 11th-place start at day’s end. The hometown-favorite racer has led 97 laps at Pocono Raceway
Chasing the Checkers
Following the restart on Lap 12, the race ran under green-flag conditions to the finish, which put a damper on the strategy gamble of the U.S. Concrete team. Before settling into a seventh-place finish and 100th career top 10, Marco Andretti fought for a podium finish in front of a home crowd, but the early pit and leap-frog strategy didn’t play out for the 98 crew when yellow flags never came.
Entering a three-week stretch of IndyCar racing, the team now heads directly to St. Louis for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. The 248-lap race from Gateway Motorsports Park will broadcast live on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
In His Words
“I think we made a good gamble to pit early. We came out and we were flying, and we leap-frogged everybody… and it figures we’d go 480 miles with no yellow, so we ended up right back where we started. But, we went for it and all we needed was a little help to be on the podium, but we had to save [fuel] most of the race. Coming away with a 100th top-10, but wish it was a win. We’re on to Gateway next weekend but sending good thoughts tonight to Robbie [Wickens].”