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IndyCar Mid-Season Report: What they’re saying

7.2.13 – Nine of 16 racing weekends, and 10 of 19 races are in the books in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.Here's what some of the fans and media are saying…

"The group (Andretti Autosport) already has won five of 10 races (three by James Hinchcliffe, two by defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay). It nearly got a 500 victory with Munoz and has seen E.J. Viso qualify in the top five in six of the past seven races. Marco Andretti displaying championship-level versatility. Grade: A"
-Curt Cavin (6.24, via
"Most Improved First-Half Driver: E.J. Viso, Andretti Autosport. Some of us were thinking the well-sponsored Venezuelan was simply going to be the “money man” for the Andretti foursome. But Viso has taken advantage of his team’s plentiful resources and is putting together the most competitive season of his IndyCar career so far."
-Chris Estrada (6.24, via MotorsportsTalk)
"The Michael Andretti owned Andretti Autosport has been competitive for several years; but, they were never able to frequently compete on an even basis let alone beat the two powerhouse teams of IndyCar: Penske Racing and Ganassi Racing. Now, winning and knocking off the two big teams appears to be a regular feat for the Andretti group."
-Daryle Hier (6.24, via
"ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT: It’s tough enough to get good chemistry with two cars, let alone four, but Michael Andretti’s 4-car armada has been in a class of its own so far. Hinch (3) and RHR (2) have won half the races but also have elevated Marco Andretti’s game along with E.J. Viso. They’re quick right off the trailer at every track and whether its veteran engineers Craig Hampson and Michael Cannon coming in to mesh well with Ray Gosselin and Blair Perschbacher or just the compatibility of the drivers or finding the sweet spot on the Dallara DW-12, it’s impressive. Hinch is as fast as he is engaging, RHR may well be the best all-around shoe, as Power said last year, and Marco looks like an Andretti. AA gets the only A."
-Robin Miller (7.2, via
"I'm definitely loving the @FollowAndretti domination in the Izod @IndyCar Series! #TeamAndretti"
-Nathan Koch (6.23, via Twitter)
"Two words: Andretti Autosport. Incredible stuff from our guys."
-James Hinchcliffe (6.14, via Twitter)
"The magic, team owner Michael Andretti reveals, is in the details. Debriefings, engineering meetings, driver input and openly sharing data between the four – all the things conducted after the spectators leave the grandstands… It's paying off, with reigning series champion Hunter-Reay only nine points behind front-running Helio Castroneves of Team Penske in the drivers' 
championship. Marco Andretti is third (-55 points) and Hinchcliffe vaulted five positions to fourth (-66 points). E.J. Viso, who earned his third consecutive top 10 on three distinctly different ovals, is 11th in the standings." (6.24)
"That's is one heck of a team @FollowAndretti has become."
-Scott W. (6.23, via Twitter)
"Best Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport. The champion has come out firing to dismiss suggestions his 2012 title was a “fluke,” with two wins, two poles, a 4.6 qualifying average through 10 races and just 9 points off Helio Castroneves."
-Tony Dizinno (6.24, via MotorsportsTalk)

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