Running in Group 1 for Qualifying, Marco Andretti danced through the top spots but after battling understeer, Andretti found himself missing the cut off by just .0009 seconds and settled for a 13th-place grid position.
Chasing the Checkers
The Ruoff Home Mortgage machine of Marco Andretti took the green flag from 13th, and quickly became one of the fastest cars on the track. The third-generation racer had the pace of the leaders, but Mid-Ohio’s 13 turns proved tough for passing and the 98 team came home 11th.
The team heads into a two-weekend break from competition to prepare for the final four races of the season. On-track action will return on Saturday, August 18 for practice and qualifying at the home-track of Andretti. The green flag will wave over the tricky triangle of Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 19 for the second and final 500-mile race of 2018.
In His Words
“I’m a bit bummed for the Ruoff Home Mortgage team. We had Bourdais beat and then, I’m not sure what happened, but he was able to gap us there on the second stint. We only had clear track on the second stint and we were flying, so we were one of the fastest cars out there, but the circumstances just didn’t work out.”