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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

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.


Trackside Update: Friday from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

8.2.13 – Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was filled with a slew of on-track activity. With Andretti Autosport being the only team in INDYCAR to have drivers in each ladder of the Mazda Road to Indy plus the IZOD IndyCar Series, you could say it was pretty busy.

The track went green this morning with USF200 practice, the trio of Andretti drivers set to the track for thirty-minute session and then qualified later in the afternoon. Garett Grist led the way and will start second in tomorrow first of three races this weekend. His qualifying effort was followed by Luca Forgeois qualifying his Mazda-powered machine into the 11th position; this will be Luca's first race with Andretti Autosport. Teammate Austin Cindric will start 15th in the No. 77 Nightrain car for tomorrow morning's Race One.

Next up on track was the Pro Mazda series and teammates Matty B (formally Matthew Brabham) and Shelbilly (aka Shelby Blackstock). The duo posted one-two times on the speed charts after two practice sessions today. Shelby is fresh off his first career victory while Matty B hopes to clinch his eighth win this season.

Our Firestone Indy Lights crew had a quiet day with just one hour-long practice session. Championship points leader Carlos Munoz held on to the top spot on the time sheets for today's lone practice session, while teammate and Ohio native Zach Veach came away fourth fastest (just being ousted of third quick on the last lap).

In IZOD IndyCar Series action, the Andretti quartet took the track for two practice sessions today. Reigning champ and recent ESPYs winner Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for the Andretti stable and posted a time fast enough for third on the combined charts. "It was a pretty productive day. We lost some overall grip in the track today… I think everybody experienced it – it's the same for everyone, but it's a bit of an engineering exercise to stay on top of the track (conditions). I think the whole team is in the same ballpark, and we have competitive race cars; that's all we can ask for. We just have to go and make it better for qualifying and the race. We've got the No. 1 DHL Chevy up front and we can work from there."
RC Cola driver Marco Andretti came in seventh in the speed rankings. The third-generation racer was yesterday named the honorary chairman for the Dr Pepper Snapple United Way campaign. "DPS is a great friend and sponsor of Andretti Autosport," said Marco, "and I am honored to be part of their 2013 United Way Campaign," said Andretti. "Promoting the campaign on my car is a fun way for me to highlight a great organization like United Way and show my support for DPS's efforts to give back to their local communities."

The Mayor of Hinchtown took to the 2.258-mile course behind the wheel of the GoDaddy Chevy and was eighth fastest for the day. Hinchcliffe will qualify the No. 27 machine in group one's qualifying session. "I think any day you get a bunch of green running is productive," said the 26-year-old. "I think the team is all in the ballpark – it's great to see all of the Andretti Autosport cars quickish, but it's always tight here. I think we're just that one change away from being able to fight with the top two or three guys. With Ryan (Hunter-Reay) being quick, we have some data to look at, but all-in-all pretty happy with the progress we've made in the GoDaddy Chevy. We found some good things – tried some things we've been wanting to try for a while. It's nice to be back to a full, normal race weekend after a doubleheader when everything is so crammed and you can't really get things done. We have another day of practice, and we'll keep chipping away at it… it all comes down to what you can do on the reds (alternate red tire) because qualifying is so important here."

Team Venezuela's E.J. Viso was 16th fastest of the day over two practice sessions on the 13-turn permanent road course. The 28-year-old will look to better his previous best qualifying effort of eighth (2010) during tomorrow's afternoon qualifying session in the first group. "Here we are, getting ready for this weekend; we've been through a lot of changes in the setup," the Caracas, Venezuela native said. "I believe that we are in good shape for tomorrow's qualifying and Sunday's race. This last session, we went with new tires, but for some reason we didn't have the grip we were expecting. However, up until that point, we were in the top five. Looking forward to getting back on track tomorrow."

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Don’t Miss Out: July 31 – August 4

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

7.30.13 – 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 EASTERN)




Zach Veach Twitter Chat
@ 2 p.m.


Marco Andretti signing
2485 Possum Run Rd
Mansfield, OH 44903
@ 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Marco Andretti signing
359 N Lexington Springmill Rd
Mansfield, OH 44906
@ 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.


Marco Andretti
Verizon Pole appearance
INDYCAR Fan Village stage
@ 1:30 p.m.


Zach Veach & Carlos Munoz
Firestone Indy Lights Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Matthew Brabham, Shelby Blackstock, Luca Forgeois
Pro Mazda/USF2000 Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Austin Cindric, Luca Forgeois, Garett Grist
USF2000 Q&A
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 1 – 1:15 p.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 4:30 – 5:40 p.m.


Matthew Brabham & Shelby Blackstock
Pro Mazda Q&A
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 1:45 – 2 p.m.


Trackside Update: Sunday at Indy Toronto

Monday, July 15th, 2013

7.15.13 – A rundown of Sunday's events at the Indy Toronto…

IZOD IndyCar Series

Making his first standing start since racing in GP2 in 2007, E.J. Viso took the green flag from the straightaway of the 1.75-mile circuit in Toronto from the 10th position. The Caracas, Venezuela native was seen as high as second during the 85-lap race. After multiple full-course caution periods, Viso came to the checkered under the third caution of the day in fifth, the 28-year-old's second top-five finish of 2013; he moves up two positions in the championship points standings to 12th place.

"Well, finishing P5 after starting 11th, I think, is a pretty consistent job. The team, the crew, the strategy – they helped me put it all together. I think it's about time that all these results start coming. I believe that performance has been there every single race, just lacking some results. Now, heading back into street and road courses, I think the results will start coming again. We needed to stay on top of the game the whole race. The heat in Toronto today was pretty intense; we needed to battle with the tires degrading pretty fast. I'm very thankful for the car that my team gave me today; I was able to do a pretty good job, they had great pit stops, and I'm just looking forward to the next street and road courses. Thanks to all of my supporters."

Marco Andretti drove the Dr Pepper Chevy to a top-10 finish today, his 11th of the season. Now ranked fourth in the championship title fight, Andretti started today's race from the 17th position and took the twin checkers ninth.

"We did what we had to today; I just wanted to finish. I think we messed the car up this morning in the warm up. What I thought was going to be a good car in warm-up turned out to be less grip than yesterday so we were just hanging on. The Dr Pepper car couldn't charge anywhere; we hurt the car on the brakes, so I was really tentative with braking. I couldn't make the passes I made yesterday, so we just hung in there. We managed a top 10 and will move on to Mid-Ohio in a couple weeks."

DHL driver Ryan Hunter-Reay entered the weekend second in points and made his first career standing start for today's 85-lap race from the fourth grid position. The reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion ran up front throughout the race and was on target for a top-five finish when the No. 1 machine was collected in a Turn 1 incident just two laps before the checkered flag. Hunter-Reay recorded a 19th-place finish as a result of the incident.

"Will (Power) was coming out from the bottom. I had a good run going on the outside, I was right next to him and he just – he was sliding across the patch, I talked to him and he just said he got loose on the bottom and he just drove right up into us. There's two lanes going through (Turn 1), everybody kind of respects that and… I don't think he drove into me on purpose, but we were taken out of the race. We had a good day going and had a decent car. We hung on today, that's what I was doing. I think we had a chance at a podium, maybe a fourth (place finish), I would have been happy with that. The DHL Chevy was a little lacking grip this weekend and we were just trying to hang out. Had a good race; I tried really hard to just keep it right there; got up to third at one point. But… we got taken out again."

James Hinchcliffe qualified his GoDaddy Chevy into the 11th starting position for today's second round of races on the streets of Toronto; however, made his race start from pit lane following a mechanical failure. Moments before the 24-car field rolled off pit lane to prepare for IndyCar's first standing start, the throttle pedal on the No. 27 stuck, preventing the car from shifting into gear. The GoDaddy crew quickly returned to the pit box and replaced the failed part. Hinchcliffe took the green flag three laps down and recorded a 21st place finish.

"The throttle stuck (on the start) – it's pretty simple. I was just going through the routine of the standing start, and as soon as I put my thumb on the throttle, it stuck 100% and that was about a minute before they gave the command (to start engines). We tried WD40, but unfortunately that wasn't the magic fix, and we had to replace the pedal and went three laps down right off the bat. Then we had no yellows to help us out; we ran around in the back all day. Obviously gutted for the team and for GoDaddy, but more than anyone for the fans. It sucks for everyone that came out today… we were hoping for better in my hometown. But we weren't going to give up – I wanted to go out, finish the race and get any points we could."

Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

Continuing his winning streak, American Matthew Brabham clinched his seventh consecutive win of the season after once again starting on pole. The 19-year-old rookie led every lap on the 11-turn circuit and remains the championship points leader in the 2013 title fight.

"The Andretti Autosport guys are just absolutely amazing guys. I'm just speechless – I'm so psyched about this win. I'm just riding on top of the moon. We had an advantage over everybody, and hopefully we can keep that the rest of the season. But, I'm just going to enjoy it while it lasts because it doesn't happen that often. My dad has been trying to keep me humble, so I'm going to take the wins as they come, but I am so pleased. The track is really grippy right now, so you can really throw the car around. It was so much fun the last couple laps since the IndyCars rubbered it down. The people in Toronto are fantastic, the crowd was out there for our race, so it makes the win that much better."

Pro Mazda Championship rookie Shelby Blackstock finished the doubleheader weekend in Toronto in the seventh position after suffering a clipped front wing during the 25-lap race. The 23-year-old remains third in the championship points fight.

"Obviously not a good finish today. Unfortunately we didn't have the greatest of the standing starts. Throughout the run we lost a couple positions and unfortunate for some drivers not looking in their mirrors nor paying attention to their surroundings, we got our front wing clipped and finished in seventh for the day. Not the greatest of weekends for the No. 28 Starstruck crew, but hopefully we could collect some points and move on to Mosport next weekend. I want to thank all the Andretti Autosport guys for all of their hard work and for giving me a great car."

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda

Garett Grist crossed the finish line in front of his hometown with a solid top-10 finish in Race Two on the streets of Toronto in sixth place. The 18-year-old from Grimsby, Ontario is currently fifth in the championship points standings.

"Today's race was good – we started 11th, made our way up to fifth. But, on the last restart we got nudged wide and fell back to ninth and then I was able to make my way up to sixth in the remaining two or three laps. It was a good finish to an overall up and down weekend; being quickest in practice and then having qualifying issues and race issues in Race One, it was good to make our way up in Race Two and have a good strong race to end the weekend for my hometown race. I have to thank DaVinci Foods, Sofina Foods, Bell Helmets, Alpinestars, Lander Property Management and all the guys at Andretti for all their support and hard work."

Starting in P24 after a racing incident in Race One created little time to turn a fast lap to qualify for Race Two, Austin Cindric came away with his best finish of the season in 13th on the 1.75-mile temporary street course in Toronto; the Mooresville, NC resident was seen as high as eighth during the 21-lap race. Cindric was awarded the Tilton Hard Charger Award for gaining the most positions on the grid, and at 14-years-old, becomes the series' youngest winner of the award.

"The Andretti Autosport guys gave me a great Nightrain clothing car for today's race. I think it is really cool to be the youngest to ever win the Tilton Hard Charger Award while bringing home my best finish so far. We were able to pick up 11 spots from where we started and ran as high as eighth; this gives us good momentum going into Mid-Ohio."


Trackside Update: Day 2 in Toronto

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
7.13.13 – Good evening from what turned out to be an interesting race day on the streets of Toronto. Geared up for the first IZOD IndyCar Series standing start, the Andretti quartet took the grid in the sixth (RHR), 10th (MA), 13th (Hinch) and 14th (E.J.) positions; however, each of our drivers moved up a spot for the start due to a stalled car while leaving pit lane. To some disappointment – and relief to some maybe – the standing start was called off after the No. 67 car stalled on the grid. Twenty-four drivers took the green flag from a traditional rolling start and the first of two races this weekend was underway. The 85-lap race saw four caution periods and each Andretti driver ran inside the top 10 at some point throughout the day.

Starting from the 10th grid position, Marco Andretti jumped into fifth place after the fourth restart around the streets of Toronto. The third-generation racer remained consistent on the 11-turn circuit conserving fuel and getting the most mileage out of his tires during the 85-lap race. The 26-year-old crossed the finish line in fourth today in his Dr Pepper Chevy, and for a brief time was shown as the third-place finisher due to a post-race penalty assigned to Dario Franchitti. The penalty has been rescinded and Andretti remains in fourth.

"I just hung in there, honestly," Andretti said. "I mean, I lost my strong suit today. I could not get up on cold tires. I think that really hurt me in the second stint. Then got together with a couple of guys, Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) one of them, got shuffled way back — lost a ton of ground there. But we just kept our head down and hammered. The third stint I guess made up most of our time, stayed out of trouble.  Had some decent pace at the end of the stint, which I think is where we were making up some time. It's an attrition race, try to minimize mistakes. So that helped as well. Tomorrow I better come ready. I start 18th. Definitely got my work cut out tomorrow, but we can do the same thing tomorrow."

Starting from the 13th grid spot in the No. 27 Chevy, GoDaddy driver and hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe recorded his career best Indy Toronto finish today when he took the twin checkers from the eighth position; however, he will record a seventh-place finish due a post race penalty assigned to Dario Franchitti. Hinch will start tomorrow's race from 12th.

"It was a dog fight out there today," said The Mayor. "This place is so tough and this series is so competitive. To start 13th and pick up a couple spots to finish eighth in the GoDaddy car – I’m happy with that. We weren’t the quickest car out there by any means but we fought through a couple that were thrown at us. We got hit on that second to last restart, the guys were great in the pits, the strategy was good and the good news is we have another chance to try tomorrow, get the car a little better and see what we can do. Top 10, thanks to the fans for all their support, it was awesome out there today – I’m upset we couldn’t do the standing starts, I was looking forward to that but maybe another day."

Shown as high as fifth place during today's first of two races on the 1.75-mile temporary street course in Toronto, Viso fell back to 18th after two rounds of pit stops and becoming stuck behind traffic. The Venezuelan ended up bending the left rear wishbone on the No. 5 car with less than 10 laps remaining and chose the safety of the car over risking a higher finishing position; E.J. Viso finished in 14th.

Viso said, "Well it was definitely a very tough race. I think we did a very good job in the first half of the race – we had a good strategy and very good pace. Unfortunately, we had a bad (pit) stop that put us behind a pack of cars that became very difficult to pass them and stay with the front pack, and it seemed we lost everything then. The very last part of the race, I had a very slight touch in Turn 1 with (Alex) Tagliani and bent the left rear wishbone. I needed to finish the race like that, losing a few positions to save the car for tomorrow."

Defending race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay took the green flag for today's rolling start (standing start was aborted after a competitor stalled on the grid) from the sixth position and gained two spots on the opening lap to run fourth, his highest position of the day. After a couple pit lane delays and an extended stop for a new front nose in the closing laps of the race, the American was the 18th car to take the twin checkers. Despite the finish, Hunter-Reay remains second in the points fight heading into Race Two tomorrow, where he will start fourth.

"Not an ideal day," noted RHR. "We had two stalls in the pit lane and then were making some moves, making our way up on track, and then racing with E.J. (Viso) there I just got held down in the marbles on the inside and collected all that stuff on my tires. I came down into (Turn) 3 and locked up the right side. A frustrating afternoon, but I hope we can regroup overnight and improve on the car. I didn’t feel confident at all under braking today and had some issues with it. The four cars, we’ll put our heads together and hopefully come out a better team tomorrow."

For the six Andretti Autosport Mazda Road to Indy drivers, it was an up and down day. In Firestone Indy Lights, Munoz qualified P2 after a seventh-place finish during yesterday's practice session. The 21-year-old Colombian native finished in fourth place and leads the Firestone Indy Lights championship just eight points ahead of the competition.

"It was a hard race, especially in the beginning," the Colombian said. "I was pushing a lot, and there were a lot of laps where I could have had the opportunity to make up some positions. I saw a few of the cars getting close to the wall, so I slowed down a little bit to stay out of traffic. Sometimes you have to slow down, see where you're limited, and take the most out of it to keep the championship point lead."

Teammate Zach Veach's qualifying ended early when the 18-year-old sidelined the No. 12 K12 machine after an incident in Turn 1 of the 1.75-mile street circuit. Veach finished the Toronto 100 in seventh.

Veach noted, "This morning we were pushing really hard, definitely a contender for the pole position, and I think at the time, I had the second fastest lap of the session. I just made a mistake, and we got the car a little too low and that put me into the wall in Turn 1. Unfortunately, that incident took the K12 Andretti Autosport machine out of the race. I'm very thankful for Sam Schmidt and allowing me to use one of their cars. Today was just not a good day for us at all, but I cannot thank my K12 crew enough for working so hard and getting me back out on the track."

The Pro Mazda Championship duo of Matty Brabs and Shelbilly completed their day in first and sixth, respectively. Championship points leader Matthew Brabham scored his sixth consecutive win for Race One on the streets of Toronto. With tomorrow's starting positions based off of today's fastest laps during the race, the American will start Race Two on the pole position – Brabham's fourth consecutive pole.

"Just a fantastic race," an elated Brabham said. "This is Yancy (Diotalevi), my engineer's, home track so it's absolutely great to get his first win (in Toronto). It was just a great race; we've been strong all weekend. I can't complain, I mean, I've got to enjoy it while it lasts – keep up front as much as possible and keep this advantage I've got over everybody. I can't thank everyone enough. My MAZDASPEED car is just flying out there so it's been great."

Shown as high as fourth during Race One, Blackstock bottomed out on a curb and came to the twin checkers in sixth place. The Nashville native will start tomorrow's race from the fifth position.

"Unfortunately the day didn't end as we wanted it to," the 23-year-old remarked. "We started P7 and made up a position on the start. Then the next two laps we made it up to fourth, and going into Turn 5 on Lap 6 I bottomed out on a curb, and the car went around on me. Unfortunately we lost two positions and finished sixth. Looks like we'll start the race tomorrow in fifth and hopefully get up to the podium, because we had a podium car today. I want to thank the crew for all of their hard work and giving me a good car. I made an error today and tomorrow hopefully we can gain on that."

Hometown favorite Garett Grist managed to make his way up from eighth to fifth at the beginning of Race One in Toronto. Grist suffered a racing incident during a restart, breaking the nose on his front wing forcing him to pit early; the No. 7 DaVinci Foods car saw the twin checkers fly in P22. The 18-year-old from Grimbsy, Ontario will start tomorrow's race in 11th.

The area native said, "Today's race was going very well. We started eighth and managed to move our way up to fifth for the first part of the race; we were the quickest car on the track while making passes and I was catching the leaders. During the first restart, we managed to get another position. In the second restart, we unfortunately had our front wing taken off, so I had to come into the pits for a new wing. I think tomorrow we start 10th; after we broke our wing, everyone went faster so I couldn't make up any positions. I think if we had been out there longer, we would have been starting top four or five. I'm excited for tomorrow's race; there will be a lot more passing, and hopefully I can work myself into a position to win and not have to pass. I'd like to thank DaVinci Foods, Sofina Foods, Lander Property Management, Bell Helmets  and Alpine Stars for all of their support at my home race. So thankful for my Andretti Autosport crew, too – those guys work so hard and give me a great car every weekend."

Cindric, involved in a incident early on in the first of two races this weekend, was forced to retire his No. 77 Nightrain machine prior to the checkered flag. The 14-year-old USF2000 Championship rookie will start Race Two in the 24th position.

"We had a good start from the back here in Toronto during Race One," Austin said. "Just unfortunate… off the restart someone pinched us into the wall, but I guess that's street course racing. We'll go and get them tomorrow. Super thankful for Nightrain and the crew for all of their support and hard work. Looking forward to a better race tomorrow!"

Tune into NBC Sports Network tomorrow to catch another 85 laps from Toronto – the field of 24 goes green at 3:40 p.m. ET.



Don’t Miss out: July 10 – 14

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

7.10.13 – 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 EASTERN)




Ryan Hunter-Reay interview
TSN 1050 Radio
@ 3:05 p.m.


James Hinchcliffe on Breakfast Television
@ 7:15 a.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay interview
Sportnet 590 The Fan radio
@ 7:40 a.m.

Garett Grist interview
CBC Radio
@ 8:20 a.m.


E.J. Viso on Breakfast Television
@ 8:20 a.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
@ 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.


Carlos Munoz & Zach Veach
Firestone Indy Lights autographs
@ 9:30 – 10 a.m.

Garett Grist, Austin Cindric,
Matthew Brabham & Shelby Blackstock
USF2000 & Pro Mazda autograpsh



Trackside Update: 1-2-3 Andretti Sweep

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
7.6.13 – It's great to be back at the "Tricky Triangle" after 20 years without IndyCar. A few things we've learned so far: Pocono Raceway has enough solar panels that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours of energy over the next 20 years, they have a restroom with 1,000 toilets named "Long John" and their mascot is a fox called Tricky.
Your Andretti Autosport squads continued their momentum with a 1-2-3 sweep during qualifying for the Pocono INDYCAR 400. Team Venezuela driver E.J. Viso was set to complete the top four when he was seen in P4 during qualifying prior to making contact in Turn 1. The 1988 Indianapolis 500 was the last time a team swept a three-car front row in an Indy car event. Completing the day with their seventh round of competition this year, Carlos Munoz and Zach Veach brought home a win and top-five finish for the Firestone Indy Lights crews.
RC Cola driver Marco Andretti captured his fourth career pole today. Marco showed he means business in his hometown when he obliterated the track record (211.715 mph set by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1989), with a two-lap average speed of 221.273 mph. Tomorrow will mark the 125th career start for Marco. "It's just an unbelievable team performance across the board. E.J. (Viso) would have been right there with us, so I feel for him as well. But definitely happy for the RC Cola guys and Andretti Autosport as a whole. We've been making statement after statement so it's a good feeling.
ESPY's "Best Driver" nominee Ryan Hunter-Reay (vote now at will start from the second position tomorrow for the Pocono INDYCAR 400. The reigning series champion is only nine points out of the lead in defense of his 2012 title. "It was a great one for Andretti Autosport. It's 400 miles. We got quailing out of the way. It's going to be a long race. We have to go against Penske, Ganassi and, of course, a big challenge from teammates. After that we got going, we get to racing." 
Canadian native James Hinchcliffe will start from the outside of the front row for tomorrow's 400-mile race at Pocono Raceway. Hinchcliffe's qualifying effort in the GoDaddy Chevy posted a two-lap average of 220.431 mph. "The GoDaddy car ran pretty well. We haven't been this strongest in practice and Marco (Andretti) has been the class of the field — we knew it would be tough to beat that, so we just wanted to try to stay in contention. We got some useful tips from him after his run, just teammates working together. I had a little bit of a moment in Turn 1 — it got a little loose on me battling at either end of the race track; the wind conditions running this light on downforce doesn't help. But, solid performance."
Recording a lap to put him in P4 behind his three Andretti Autosport teammates, E.J. Viso got loose going into Turn 1 during his second qualifying lap and made contact with the wall.The IZOD IndyCar Series veteran was checked by the medical team and has been cleared to compete in tomorrow's Pocono INDYCAR 400. "I was heading into my second qualifying lap, and I just lost it in the middle of Turn 1 to the point I caught it for a second. I stepped out again and couldn't do much. It (Pocono Raceway) is much trickier than we anticipated. The testing we had here a few weeks ago, and again two days ago, it really helped us. This accident is really unfortunate as I believed we could have been 1-2-3-4."
We continued our dominating day in the Poconos with the Firestone Indy Lights one-day show. The IndyCar feeder series took to the Tricky Triangle for practice, qualifying and a 100-mile race today. Carlos Munoz captured his fifth pole of the season and went on to lead each of the 40 laps on his way to a fifth career Indy Lights victory. Carlos said, "My team, my engineers, my mechanics, everyone did an amazing job giving me this great car. I was flat out the whole way and it's really nice to be back in victory circle after our weekend in Iowa. I was really motivated to come here and race on this oval. Looking forward to continue our momentum in Toronto."
FIL teammate Zach Veach made his first Pocono start from the sixth position and brought home the K12 car in fourth. Up until the race it'd been a really tough weekend for all of us on the K12 car. "We really struggled with the balance of it and just couldn't find the right groove," said Zach. "Then, finally in the race starting sixth I think we made some right decisions on the car – that was the best car I've had all weekend. We got a solid fourth (place finish); I think we could have contended for the top three. Once you lose that top pack in the draft at a place like this you can't really get them until a yellow (flag) comes out. I want to thank everyone at K12 and Andretti Autosport for working so hard. It's a good finish for us – a top five is always nice and we'll carry this momentum into Toronto."
You can catch the action from Pocono by tuning into ABC. Coverage will begin on Sunday starting at 12 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
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 Pocono INDYCAR 400.


No one is bullying Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach on the race track

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

7.6.13 (via The Morning Call) – Zach Veach said his hometown of Stockdale, Ohio, is a "football and baseball kind of town."

Some of the kids there didn't necessarily warm up to a budding race car star.

"I found out the hard way that I fit perfectly inside a locker," Veach said. "And I also found out that Dumpsters are kind of disgusting things."

Veach can smile now about those incidents that seem straight out of a TV sitcom, but he knows full well that bullying is no laughing matter.

"I was bullied both physically and verbally as a kid," he said. "Being a very small guy, I was an easy target. At one point I thought I wasn't going to chase this opportunity because of what was being said to me, but looking back, I am happy I didn't listen. I was going to prove those guys wrong one way or the other."

There is no bullying Veach when he's on the track, which he will be Saturday, July 6, during the Indy Lights race at Pocono Raceway, part of IndyCar's return to the "Tricky Triangle."

Veach, a member of the potent Andretti Autosport team, will be one of two Americans in the eight-car field. The other is his friend and racing rival, Nazareth High's Sage Karam, a former Andretti Autosport teammate.

Like Karam, Veach is just 18 years old, and the two of them could foster one of the great IndyCar rivalries of the future, something that could provide sparks more common on the NASCAR circuit.

"We grew up together," Veach said. "We've done a lot of things together. That makes it a whole different kind of warfare when we're out there on the track. It's good to have a friend in this sport, but it's also hard to have a friend in this sport."


Don’t Miss Out: July 5 – 7

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

7.2.13 – 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 EASTERN)




Marco Andretti signing autographs
Gerrity's Shur Save – 320 Meadow Ave.
Scranton, PA, 18505
@ 4 – 6pm


Zach Veach Q&A
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 1:45pm

Carlos Munoz & Zach Veach
Firestone Indy Lights autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 2 – 2:30pm

E.J. Viso, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti
Chevy Q&A
Chevy Display
@ 3pm


Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 8:45 – 9:45am

Zach Veach to appear on Larry King Now

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

6.26.13 – Legendary television and radio host Larry King interviewed 18-year-old Zach Veach last month while Veach was at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Veach’s interview will be part of a “KingThings” package within Larry King Now set to air on Wed., July 26, 2013.

"Zach has a bright future, I really enjoyed hearing his story and can't wait to see where he goes," said King.

King, a 25-year veteran host on CNN of Larry King Live, has transitioned to one-on-one interviews online with the most fascinating newsmakers, celebrities, world leaders and Internet stars via Hulu

Hulu, an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies as well as original programming, including that of Larry King Now, is a joint venture of NBCUniversal Television Group, Fox Broadcasting Company, and the Disney-ABC Television Group.

During Veach’s interview with King, the two talked about Veach’s efforts to combat bullying and distracted driving, racing for the renowned Andretti family, about Veach’s former teammate Danica Patrick, and of course his own racing career.

The Stockdale, Ohio native, Veach is competing in INDYCAR’s Firestone Indy Lights Series, the final stepping-stone to a future career in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. At The Milwaukee Mile, Veach recorded his career best Indy Lights start and finish of second and third, respectively. This also included earning his first career Indy Lights podium and leading his first career laps (56) in the series.


TUNE IN: Hulu & Ora.TV – June 26, 2013 – 5 p.m. ET