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Trackside Update: Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit 2

6.2.13 – Melee from Motor City could be a suitable name change for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit: Dual Two. With 22 of 70 laps run under caution, only 20 cars were running when the twin checkers flew. Third-generation driver Marco Andretti was the first of the fabulous four Andretti Autosport drivers bringing home a top-10 finish in sixth. Teammates E.J. Viso, Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe followed suit in 17th, 18th and 19th, respectively.

 

Andretti safely brought home his RC Cola Chevy to record his sixth top-10 finish in seven races. The IZOD IndyCar Series veteran is back to the top of the championship points standings tied for first. "We were missing a little bit to the top guys," said Marco, "but I think we got about as good as we can get from starting 14th. All the RC Cola guys did their part in the pits and with strategy, and I was able to hang on and gain a little ground. But, like I said, we were still a little bit off. It’s good to get back up there in the points and we’ll keep marching forward at Texas next weekend."

Starting the 2.36-mile temporary street course in fifth, Viso was a bystander involved in two damaging incidents. On the second occasion, the Venezuelan was pulled behind pit wall to have his No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevy crew fix a front wing, rear wing, wishbone and new tires – doing so in such a timely fashion that the 28-year-old only lost seven laps on the rest of the field during the pit stop. "It was a weekend to forget, but also a weekend to learn from. I think we’ve shown to have the speed, but we really didn’t have all the factors aligned during the races. I believe that, anyways, even if it was an unsuccessful weekend, it was another weekend that we’ve proved we had speed. Starting the first race on “pole” was good. Starting the second race in the top five was good.  Just some misfortunes during the races didn’t contribute to a good result. Now I’m looking forward to the upcoming ovals which I have a lot of faith on."

Hunter-Reay started today's race from the fourth position and was running third when he made contact with the track wall on Lap 16. The DHL Chevy was wheeled back to the garages for suspension and front wing replacement, the 32-year-old rejoined the race and now sits third in the championship points standings. "I just threw the race away; completely my fault," Hunter-Reay said post-race. "I just tagged the right front on the entry wall at one of the corners here. That’s how it is with street circuits; when you mistake by an inch, it can cause you a race. The guys did an unbelievable job – we only lost 11 laps. The right front and right rear corner were damaged completely. To only lose 11 laps is just miraculous; they did a great job. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any more yellows to help us out."

Rolling off the grid from the 10th position, Hinchcliffe was running a steady race when he was caught up in the sixth and final caution of the day after being collected in an incident in Turn 1. The GoDaddy Chevy returned to the paddock for suspension repair and rejoined the race on Lap 41. "The restarts today were a lot slower than yesterday. It was getting a lot more guys packed up and we saw the result. It wasn’t just us… it seemed like every restart someone was getting caught up in something, and I honestly think (the restarts) were just a little bit too slow. One restart we lose a couple places; one restart we gain five and one restart we’re pretty much out of the race. It’s just one of those things when you do double-file restarts on a tight track like this. The GoDaddy car was really good, and we were making progress like we did yesterday. We were moving up and then Will (Power) got tagged and spun, and I thought I had a gap — he started to roll backward and then rolled forward and closed the gap I was aiming for. We went back to the truck and the guys did an awesome job getting the thing fixed. We went back out to try and salvage some points. They did a tremendous job getting the car back in shape; our third lap back out there was our fastest lap of the race at the time. It’s just unfortunate when you see that because we know we had a good race car and we just didn’t get to show it today."
 

Visit our website, Facebook or Twitter for all the latest news postings, behind-the-scenes and exclusive photos. The team moves on to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend for Round Eight on Saturday, June 8. The 228-lap race will go green on ABC at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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