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Don’t Miss Out: Week of October 14, 2013

Monday, October 14th, 2013

10.14.13 – Want in on the action? This is the place to find where you can see the Andretti Autosport drivers in action OFF the track. Be sure to show us your photos by sending them to our Twitter – @FollowAndretti or Facebook. (All times are in PACIFIC Time Zone)
 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

E.J. Viso at Neiman Marcus
6550 Topanga Canyon Blvd,
Woodland Hills, 91303
@ 5 – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

Marco Andretti at Albertson's
8850 Foothill Blvd,
Rancho Cucamonga, 91730
@ 4 – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Zach Veach Q&A
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 3:15 p.m.

Zach Veach & Carlos Munoz
Firestone Indy Lights Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 3:30 – 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
Chevy Q&A
Chevy Display in INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 12:45 p.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 1 – 2 p.m.
 

Zach Veach’s column: Learning the Texas way

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

10.2.13 (via RACER.com) – They say everything is bigger in Texas, but that's not the case for the Houston Grand Prix around Reliant Park! With it being a 1.7-mile, 10-turn course, it'll be one of our shortest courses we've ran on this year in Firestone Indy Lights. This means it going to be very physical; the straightaways are pretty much corners as well so you wont have too much time to catch your breath. And with the Houston heat of 90+ degrees it's going to make a great proving ground to see how conditioned drivers are.

It's been over a month since our last race at Baltimore, since then I have had a lot of time to look ahead for the next race. Baltimore was a tough weekend for me as whole, when our race was decided for us just after the start when the electrical coils on the right side of the engine failed exiting Turn 1 on lap 1. After a quick pit stop, the problem was fixed and I was sent back out, but by that time our day was pretty much over. That's racing though, sometimes you're just going to have a bad weekend, and once you take away what you learned from it, there is no sense dwelling on it for too long.

Leaving Baltimore, I knew that the next race on the schedule was Houston, and the one thing I've heard over and over about this place is how tough it can be with the heat and humidity. So I made it my biggest goal to train as much as possible in the heat to prepare myself for that. This idea ranged from hot yoga, sauna weight training, and long distant running during the hottest parts of the day. But with having a month off, the worry of becoming “rusty” in the car grew ever bigger.

So, I was very excited to hear that we had a test planned at MSR Houston only a week before our race. This was going to give me the perfect combination to test seeing how I was conditioning wise, and knock the cobwebs off too to be in top shape for the race.

 

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Don’t Miss Out: Week of September 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

10.1.13 – Want in on the action? This is the place to find where you can see the Andretti Autosport drivers in action OFF the track. Be sure to show us your photos by sending them to our Twitter – @FollowAndretti or Facebook. (All times are in CENTRAL Time Zone)
 
 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
 
E.J. Viso appearance
Neiman Marcus
2600 Post Oak Blvd, 77056
@ 6 – 8 p.m.
 
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
 
Ryan Hunter-Reay AutoNation appearance
Chevrolet Gulf Freeway Store
13800 Gulf Freeway, 77034
@ 1 – 2:30 p.m.
 
E.J. Viso appearance
CITGO
Location TBA
@ 2 – 4 p.m.
 
Marco Andretti appearance 
Kroger
5150 Buffalo Speedway, 77005
@ 4 – 6 p.m.
 
Ryan Hunter-Reay hosting
The Yellow Party at Reliant Center
E.J. Viso, Marco Andretti
& James Hinchcliffe attending
Reliant Park Stn NB, 77054
@ 7 – 10 p.m.
 
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
 
Zach Veach Q&A
INDYCAR Fan Village Stage
@ 11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
 
Zach Veach & Carlos Munoz
Firestone Indy Lights Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 12 – 12:30 p.m.
 
Garett Grist, Shelby Blackstock, Matthew Brabham
USF2000/Pro Mazda Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 2:30 – 3 p.m.
 
Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
 
Matthew Brabham & Shelby Blackstock Q&A
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 11 – 11:15 a.m.
 

A Roundtable with the Andretti stable

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

10.1.13 (via INDYCAR Nation) - No team supports the Mazda Road to Indy like Andretti Autosport. Not content to seek glory in the IZOD IndyCar Series, they are also involved in each rung of the open wheel ladder, from USF2000 through Firestone Indy Lights.

With that in mind, we asked some of Andretti’s up-and-coming drivers from each level of the ladder to give their thoughts on the IndyCar title hunt, the season finale, and their favorite memory of the year so far. We were joined by Zach Veach (Firestone Indy Lights), Matthew Brabham and Shelby Blackstock (Pro Mazda Championship), and Garett Grist (Cooper Tires USF2000) for a quick Q&A on these topics:

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Question 1: Which driver do you predict will win this year’s IZOD IndyCar Series championship?

Zach Veach, Firestone Indy Lights: Personally I would like to see Marco Andretti be able to take home his first IndyCar Championship. He's worked extremely hard this year, and I feel like he deserves to definitely be in the fight for it!

Matthew Brabham, Pro Mazda: I predict that Helio Castroneves will win the championship. He has a great advantage in the points over everyone at the moment, and I think he can pretty much taste being the IndyCar champion. So I think he is extremely motivated to push hard in the next three races and clinch his first title.

Shelby Blackstock, Pro Mazda: I think Helio Castroneves will win this year's IZOD IndyCar Series Championship.

Garett Grist, USF2000: I think Helio Castroneves will win the championship, but I wish it was Scott Dixon or one of the Andretti Autosport drivers.

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Question #2: Which driver do you think will triumph at Fontana?

Veach: I think we'll see all of the Andretti cars towards the front, but I have to say I think Ryan Hunter-Reay will be one of the strongest at Fontana. Andretti has fast cars on the super speedway, and Ryan showed his pace well last year being able to fight until the end to win the championship.

Brabham: Ryan Hunter-Reay is my pick to win at Fontana. I feel like he’s just out of range of the championship at the moment but has something to prove to everyone being the defending IndyCar champion. I believe at Fontana he will be the one to put it all out on the line and leave nothing on the table. He will be able to take advantage of those thinking too much about their championship; it’s all or nothing for him at the moment.

Blackstock: I think Ryan Hunter-Reay will do very well at Fontana

Grist: I think it’s RHR with the triumph in Fontana.

For the final question and their answers, read more here.

Trackside Update: Grand Prix of Baltimore

Monday, September 2nd, 2013
9.2.13 – As we say farewell to the holiday weekend, let's look back at our race day in Charm City…

 

The Firestone Indy Lights duo of Carlos Munoz and Zach Veach took to the streets on Sunday afternoon for their 35-lap race. Making contact after an unknown failure on the No. 26 car occurred, the Colombian was forced to retire early. Teammate Zach Veach made an unscheduled pitstop when a suspected engine problem was causing the No. 12 RePLAY XD machine to slow, but was able to bring home an eighth-place finish.

 

Immediately following the Firestone Indy Lights race, the fantastic four of James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, E.J. Viso and Ryan Hunter-Reay battled their way through the carnage that was the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Although stopping on track twice throughout the 75-lap race, Hinch made his way back by finishing in seventh place for his ninth top-10 finish in 2013. Third-generation racer Andretti maneuvered his way to the front of the pack to lead 12 laps before his broken front wing befell him, and Marco was able to come the twin checkers in 10th place. Another victim of an unfortunate run-in, E.J. was poised for his first podium of the season (was as high as fifth place and on the move!) when he was hit from behind, forcing the Venezuelan to hit a competitor and break his front nose cone; Viso eventually pitted and was able to salvage a P13 finish after starting 20th. Reigning champion and 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore winner RHR was not having the race he had hoped or even imagined. On Lap 1, the anti-stall mechanism kicked in on the No. 1 Chevy and Hunter-Reay was seen stranded on the track; he later recovered to eighth place and was plagued with a battery failure just after the halfway point and was forced to retire early in P20.

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The IZOD IndyCar Series will pack up and head to Houston, Texas for the next round of competition on October 5 and 6 where they will be joined by the full Mazda Road to Indy ladder. In the meantime, keep up to date on all things Andretti Autosport by joining us on Twitter (@FollowAndretti) and don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook where you can enter to be our featured Fan of the Week.
 
 
 

Trackside Update: Qualifying at the Baltimore Grand Prix

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
8.31.13 – SPOILER ALERT: This Trackside Update covers IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying from the Grand Prix of Baltimore. While the qualifying session took place this afternoon, coverage will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m. Eastern today. If you are not yet prepared to discover the results of today's qualifying, we recommend saving this Trackside Update for future reading.
 

 

Day two from the Grand Prix of Baltimore is in the books and the starting grids for both the IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights races are set.
 

Champ Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for the team's IndyCar effort and will roll off from the eighth position tomorrow — keep in mind he started 13th here last season and captured the victory, a pivotal point in his championship win. Following RHR was teammate James Hinchcliffe who will start 11th – his 10th top-10 start of the season. Marco Andretti, who has recorded 13 top-10 finishes this season, will take to the grid in the 18th position while E.J. Viso, who has clinched six top-10 finishes this year, will grid 22nd.

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In Firestone Indy Lights, Carlos Munoz will make yet another front row appearance, starting second, and teammate Zach Veach will start sixth in the RePLAY HD machine.

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Tune in tomorrow to NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) for full race day coverage from Baltimore. The broadcast begins at 2 p.m. ET with the 75-lap IZOD IndyCar Series race and will be followed by the Firestone Indy Lights race broadcast. If you can't make it to the television, listen along with the broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, on SiriusXM (Channel 211) and IndyCar.com.

Trackside Update: Friday from Baltimore Grand Prix

Friday, August 30th, 2013

8.30.13 – Hello from Maryland's Inner Harbor where the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT kicked off our Labor Day weekend! Our sister company Andretti Sports Marketing has been working hard alongside race promoter Race On Baltimore to make this weekend an exciting one. Everything looks great and we can't wait to see what else this Celebration of Acceleration has in store for the INDYCAR teams.

 
Our four IndyCar Series drivers and duo of Firestone Indy Lights drivers took the streets today as they practiced for tomorrow's qualifying sessions.
 
GoDaddy driver and Mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, led the way for the Andretti Autosport IndyCar quartet today. "The times don’t look awesome; we didn’t get new tires there at the end, but largely I’m actually pretty happy with the GoDaddy car. We made small changes on it during the last session because the lunch changes were really good. Hopefully we can keep fine tuning things here and there because I think we’re pretty close. It’s definitely a car that can fight for the (Firestone) Fast Six."
 
E.J. Viso led the team in morning practice with a lap time fast enough for P2 and ended the day 15th overall. “Tough day. I think as a team, we are not where we are supposed to be. We just definitely need to work hard tonight and come up with some good changes and good ideas for tomorrow. It is extremely competitive, and it seems this track helps and really suits the Honda teams; I’m sure that overnight there will be some changes happening from us and Team Chevy.”
 
Returning race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was not as pleased with today's effort but remains confident in the progress to come. "It’s tough," said RHR. "Right now we need to regroup as a team and go forward with some testing tomorrow. We’re all a little bit off paced from where we need to be. At the moment, the way the curbs and chicanes are set up, you need to put your car at major risk to get the lap time. I’m not quite there on putting the DHL Chevy at full risk – we’ll see. I’m fully confident we’ll be on it for tomorrow."
 
The maroon and white paint scheme of Dr Pepper returns to the No. 25 Chevy this weekend as Marco Andretti works to make his way into the Firestone Fast Six — it would be his first top-six grid appearance on the streets of Baltimore. "We totally went the wrong way today, but we were trying something that we thought we needed for qualifying tomorrow. I’m glad we got it out of the way today because now we know and won’t be a change behind tomorrow. I think we are headed in the right direction and can hopefully see the Dr Pepper car in the (Firestone) Fast Six tomorrow."
 
Making his second Firestone Indy Lights appearance in Baltimore, Carlos Munoz ranked second in today's practice session behind the wheel of the No. 26 Dialy-Ser machine. The Firestone Indy Lights Championship points leader posted a best lap time of 1:26.234 at the 12-turn street circuit. "Today's practice seemed quite short," said Carlos. "We didn't have much time on track, but I feel good. I think we have to improve a little bit… we'll make a couple changes overnight. It's only the beginning of the weekend, and we still have one more practice for qualifying tomorrow, so we have to work hard and start the weekend off the right way."
 
Replay driver Zach Veach worked his way into the top-six during today's practice, despite feeling a little under the weather. This weekend's 35-lap race marks Veach's 10th career Firestone Indy Lights start, where he has recorded six top-five starts. "Today, with the new Replay car, it didn't go exactly how we wanted with a P6 in the session," said Zach. "My engineer and I want to take a chance because it's still early in the weekend and try something that worked for him last year. The thing is, the track has really gripped up compared to this point last year, so I think we made the wrong call on that. But my Andretti guys are great at recovering, and we'll go back and be strong tomorrow morning and through qualifying. I just want to thank Replay for joining in on the No. 12 car this weekend – we're going to be working really hard to get Replay their first win." 
 
Catch all the IndyCar qualifying action from Baltimore on NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) at 6 p.m. Saturday. If you don't mind a few spoilers, follow along with qualifying live at 12 p.m. via Twitter with @FollowAndretti and #GPoB. You can also catch the live radio broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, on SiriusXM (Channel 211) and IndyCar.com.
 

If you're here with us in Baltimore this weekend, don't miss multi-platinum band (and Andretti Autosport sponsor!) LIVE at the Main Stage located at Victory Lane tomorrow at 6 p.m. — it's going to be great!

 

 

Don’t Miss Out: Week of August 26, 2013

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Want in on the action? This is the place to find where you can see the Andretti Autosport drivers in action OFF the track. Be sure to show us your photos by sending them to our Twitter – @FollowAndretti or Facebook.

(All times are in EASTERN Time Zone)
 

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29

Michael Andretti at Giant
4315 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, 21122
@ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Marco Andretti at Giant
573 Ritchie Highway #1, Severna Park, 21146
@ 3 – 5 p.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti & James Hinchcliffe
w/ an appearance by LIVE
The Yellow Party
Pazo, 1425 Aliceanna St, 21231
@ 5:30 – 9 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30

E.J. Viso radio interview
HERB FM
@ 5:45 p.m.
 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31

Michael at Andretti Club
Andretti Club, Marriott Camden Yards
TICKETS HERE
@ 10 a.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

LIVE in concert
Victory Lane Stage
@ 6 p.m.
 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Zach Veach & Carlos Munoz
Firestone Indy Lights Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 9:30 – 10 a.m.

Michael at Andretti Club
Andretti Club, Marriott Camden Yards
TICKETS HERE
@ 11:30 a.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
Chevy Q&A
Chevy Display in INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 11:40 a.m.

Trackside Update: Sunday from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

8.4.13 – Our final day at the 13-turn permanent road course of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was no less action-packed than the rest of the weekend. All three of the Mazda Road to Indy series, along with the IZOD IndyCar Series, had races today at the Lexington, OH circuit.

Starting the day off with the USF2000 Championship, Canadian Garett Grist came away with his first career win after starting from the pole position; the win granted Grist to move up two spots in the championship points fight putting him now in third place. Fourteen-year-old Austin Cindric captured his best finish to date with his top-10 finish of ninth. Gaining 11 positions for Race Three, Luca Forgeois crossed the finish line in P11 after starting 25th.

Next up was Pro Mazda Championship's Race Two where championship points leader and MAZDASPEED scholarship driver Matthew Brabham captured his ninth win – marking a new record of most wins in one season. Driver of the No. 28 Starstruck machine, Shelby Blackstock, clinched his eighth top-five finish of the season with a fourth place during the shortened race this morning.

Starting the afternoon's festivities was Firestone Indy Lights' Mid-Ohio 100. Carlos Munoz reeled in a fourth-place finish after dropping to 11th following a spin early on in the race; the Colombian remains the championship points leader heading into Baltimore next month. Ohio native Zach Veach captured his fifth top-five finish with a fifth place today and sits sixth in the points fight.

Rounding out the day were the fab four IZOD IndyCar Series drivers. Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way across the twin checkers with his seventh top-five finish of the season in fifth. The reigning champion said: "We picked the wrong strategy today… we went with what we thought. If we had one yellow in there it would have been our race — it would have been between Will (Power) and I, I think. Will and I were on the same strategy, and we both worked really hard to save fuel — I know I worked my tail off. It is some of the hardest work in a race car to save that much fuel and to have nothing to show for it, that sucks. But we'll pick up and head to the next one. It's frustrating; things just aren't falling into place right now… we can't be finishing fifth."

Third generation racer Marco Andretti was next with a ninth place – his 12th top-10 finish of 2013 – after starting from fourth, the 26-year-old's best road/street course start this year. "For whatever reason we just didn't have the same car we had in warm-up," Marco said. "I didn't have the car for a three-stop race; we were just hanging on. We're going to have to make something happen (in Sonoma). I definitely want another Firestone Fast Six and to build on that. We need to find points for the RC (Cola) car wherever we can."

Canadian James Hinchcliffe was up next in the Andretti Autosport roster. Coming home with a 10th-place finish, the Mayor of Hinchtown sits eighth in the championship points fight heading into Sonoma in three weeks. "I definitely like doing the three-stopper better than the two-stopper, but with where we started, and it was my mistake in qualifying who put us in the back, we knew we had to be the first guy to do something on the three-stopper," commented Hinch. "So, we went for that early stop, and it was looking like it was going to work out well… if I had managed to get Helio (Castroneves) on his outlap there on the last stint, it would have made our race look a whole lot different for us. But ultimately, we were a bit off from some of these guys, no doubt. If we had gotten ahead of them, we might have been able to stay ahead of them, but we weren't great in traffic. Huge effort from the GoDaddy guys – really great in the pits all day.

"We had one little bobble on one stop but other than that it was fun. It's fun running around Mid-Ohio flat out. But yeah, from where we were at the start of that last stint, it would have been nice to finish fifth or sixth instead of 10th. With the season we've had, anytime you get a top-10 finish in this series is good. If you look at the guys in front of us – guys like Scott Dixon, Justin Wilson and Marco Andretti – it's not like we're slumming it; it's just that competitive right now. We missed it by the smallest amount today, but the team did such a great job all weekend. Big congrats to Charlie – that's awesome. I know what that feels like. We'll take this and move on to the next one. I feel good, the team's working well and we just gotta put our heads down and fight."

Rounding out the team was E.J. Viso with a 17th-place finish. The Venezuelan sits 12th in the points standings before the 15th round of competition at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California. "Well, definitely finishing 17th is not at all what we were looking for," Viso said. "I think many factors during the race didn't play in our favor. I believe the direction that we went when we made the decision on how much downforce we were going to put on the car didn't help. We just trimmed a lot to be faster in the straights, but definitely cost us some time in the corners. At the same time, we were asking a bit too much from the tires that we wanted them a little bit sooner than expected. The second to last pit stop really cost us time as well. Losing those three or four seconds allowed the group of cars behind me to cycle out in front of me in the next pit stop. Anyways, these things happen and all we have to do now is stay strong and head into the next one."

For more from us, be sure you're following along with us on Twitter (@FollowAndretti), Facebook (Facebook.com/AndrettiAutosport) and Instagram (@AndrettiAutosport). Until next time, folks!

Trackside Update: Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
It was another action-packed day of racing here at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as our IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights teams both qualified for their races tomorrow, while the Pro Mazda and USF2000 teams saw race activity.
In IndyCar news, Ryan Hunter-Reay captured his fifth career pole, and third of the season, when he came within striking distance of the Mid-Ohio track record. The American missed the record shared by Dario Franchitti and Gil de Ferran by two-hundredth of a second. "I’ve finished on podium here a bunch," said RHR, "started on the front row before but never had the chance to win this race, I’ve never won this race. We need to bring it home, for the championship too. It’s going to be a long, hard race tomorrow going up against the Ganassi, Penske boys and my teammates as well."

RC Cola driver Marco Andretti made his first 2013 appearance in the Firestone Fast Six and will start from the fourth grid position for tomorrow's Indy 200. "I think even though it’s my first (Firestone) Fast Six I think we had more potential in the 25 car," Marco said. "A little disappointed because obviously we need to beat Ryan (Hunter-Reay) in the championship as well, and he earned another point, but we need to learn off it, figure out where he beat me and come back from it tomorrow. Tomorrow is what pays off big in points."

Rolling off from the 12th grid position tomorrow will be E.J. Viso. Although missing the Firestone Fast Six, E.J. showed promising speed behind the wheel of the No. 5 Chevy and finished the morning practice in the third position. "I qualified 12th – not too happy with that qualifying position," E.J. said. "I think we had a little bit more speed in the car. We couldn’t finish our qualifying lap as we had traffic twice from (Tristan) Vautier. Starting in this position is definitely going to be a tough job tomorrow in the race, but I have a lot of faith that in the direction we are working in; we are going to find a good set up and a good strategy to bring a good race result tomorrow."

Fan favorite James Hinchcliffe will make his third Mid-Ohio start from the 13th position behind the wheel of the GoDaddy machine. The Mayor said: "It was only about a tenth (of a second) we missed it by and we had that on two different laps; the car had that and I made little mistakes. It’s the nature of the business with this qualifying format, you only get a couple laps to have a crack at it. We went out early and did an extra lap, but like I said, twice we had a car good enough to advance and just didn’t get it done. I feel bad for the guys, the GoDaddy Chevy is quicker than that. It’s a shame."

Firestone Indy Lights drivers Carlos Munoz and Zach Veach spent the afternoon qualifying for tomorrow's Mid-Ohio 100. Both Munoz and Veach showed speed rotating through the leader board, but came up just short in the end; the duo will start fourth and fifth, respectively.

Matthew Brabham captured his eighth Pro Mazda win of the year today, tying the series record for most wins in one season. Starstruck driver Shelby Blackstock joined his teammate on the podium, recording a second-place finish – his seventh podium of the season. Matty and Shelby will start first and third, respectively, for Race Two tomorrow.

The Andretti USF2000 trio completed two races of the this weekend's tripleheader schedule today. In Race One, Garett Grist was shown strong running second when a mechanical failure dropped him from competition. Grist started Race Two from the second position due to his fast lap time set early in Race One; he finished the second race in fourth and will start from the pole tomorrow. Andretti Autosport rookie Luca Forgeois started Race One 11th and recorded an eighth-place finish. In Race Two, Luca started 11th and fell to the 28th position after a spin on track. Nightrain driver Austin Cindric rolled off from the 15th position for Race One and recorded his best career finish of 12th. For the second race of the day, Austin started 16th and improved one spot to take the checkers in 15th.

 
You can catch all the action from Ohio by tuning into NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640). Coverage will begin on Sunday with the Firestone Indy Lights race starting at 2 p.m. ET followed by live IZOD IndyCar Series action at 3 p.m. ET. If you can't make it to the television, listen along with the broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, on SiriusXM (Channel 211) and www.IndyCar.com.

Be sure to follow the official Andretti Autosport Twitter feed (@FollowAndretti) for live twitter coverage and a behind-the-scenes look at race day from the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.