James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet
Despite stopping on the 12-turn circuit twice during today’s race, James Hinchcliffe captured his ninth top-10 finish of the year when he finished in seventh place. The Toronto native gains a spot in the championship points fight moving up to eighth (unofficial).
“It was just wrong place, wrong time. I mean, we stopped dead on-track twice, we restarted twice and still ended up with a seventh-place finish. First of all, it’s a testament to the car, the work that the GoDaddy guys did and playing the strategy we had due to the circumstances. But, this isn’t what you want to see – this many cautions for the fans, and this many wrecked race cars. We’ll see, we’ll obviously take it. It’s a lot of points that race; it didn’t look like we were going to be anywhere near the top 10, so we’ll just keep fighting. That’s the spirit of this team; the DNA of this team is to never give up. It’s all in the recovery, and I think we all did a good job recovering today.”
Marco Andretti, No. 25 Dr Pepper Chevrolet
Well on his way to his third IndyCar victory, Marco Andretti suffered a broken front wing for the last 19 laps of the 75-lap race, coming away with a top-10 finish in 10th. The third-generation racer remains fourth in the championship points fight heading into the final three races of the 2013 season.
“We’ll just do what we can. We missed the balance, but my Dr Pepper guys did an awesome job of getting me in a good position, but I just couldn’t hold it without the C.O.P (center of pressure because the front wing was damaged)… I was dreading it every lap. I was so afraid I was going to get run into from the back, so I’m glad that nobody just drilled me because I could not drive it into any of the corners, was just saving myself. We had two really bad stints so to end up 10th, but it’s all we could ask for with what we dealt with today.”
E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet
Poised for his first podium of the season, E.J. Viso was seen as high as fifth before being hit from behind on the Lap 56 restart causing the Venezuelan to bump Oriol Servia and consequently break his own front nose cone. The 28-year-old pitted for a new nose and managed to make his way up to a 13th-place finish.
“We were definitely a victim of an incident that had nothing to do with us. The best word I can use to describe this race is botchery. It wasn’t about who was fast or who had the right strategy, it was simply about who didn’t have a problem. We definitely had a good car that would have taken us to the podium as it was looking until we had that issue in Turn 1 where I got punted from the back and I ended up hitting (Oriol) Servia from behind. I ended up damaging my car and had to come back in for another front wing. Anyways, it was a tough weekend from the beginning, but at some point in the race, we really set our hopes pretty high.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Chevrolet
Suffering a problem with the anti-stall mechanism on Lap 1, Ryan Hunter-Reay found his way at the back of the field before charging his way back up to eighth place. Just after hitting the halfway mark of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, the No. 1 car’s battery failed and was unable to be put into neutral to return to pit lane for a restart. The reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion retired early with a 20th-place finish and is (unofficially) seen as fifth in the title fight.
“Yeah I believe in miracles, but that’s probably what it’s going to take now (to clinch the championship). Hard work and fight hard probably isn’t going to do it from here. I’m just so disappointed; we had an anti-stall mechanism kick in and it worked as it wasn’t supposed to, and I was supposed to be able to pull the clutch and get going with it. Unfortunately, I had to get it back to neutral, went back to the back of the pack, we were passing some cars, had a great car, and then out of nowhere the car just died – electronics cut out on it, battery voltage looked good and then all of a sudden it just fell through the bottom. It’s heartbreaking especially when you see Helio Castroneves stuck in Turn 1 and the fact that we’re sitting in here on the other side of the track. Thanks to all the fans for their support and thank you to our great partners at DHL, Sun Drop, Chevrolet, Circle K for sticking behind us. We had a great season, and there is still more to go and we can still win out here.”