|CHASING THE CHECKERS.|
|Yellows were the name of the game for the 248-lap Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Saturday night. Pit strategies and yellow flags played a heavy hand in delivering IndyCar an unexpected podium cast while fans packed the stands for a reported sell-out crowd.|
Marco Andretti took the grid in 22nd after a gutsy save of the 98 car during qualifying. Running consistently in the top 10 and looking promising for a podium finish, Andretti’s race strategy looked as though it was going to pay off before the final yellow flag of the race was brought out. Andretti fought the Oberto Circle K car to a 10th-place result at night’s end, jumping 15 positions, the second most of any driver in the 248-lap race (Kanaan +17, Daly +15). Andretti was credited with leading four laps for the Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian team.
|There’s no time to rest for the IndyCar field as the transporters roll west, directly to Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Portland. The 105-lap event airs Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC|
IN HIS WORDS.
“We hung in there and gave ourselves a lot of opportunity on going long and fighting through the vibrations and staying out. We almost bailed a couple times, but just hung tough and got the yellows and put ourselves in a decent position. I felt weak on restarts, which is usually one of my fortes. Not a bad night but I think the potential was a lot better.”