Andretti teams struggle at Pocono
Sunday, July 7, 2013
LONG POND, Pa. — So much for the happy Andretti homecoming.
Andretti Autosport’s Pocono Raceway debut was a bust from the first lap.
James Hinchcliffe hit the wall not long after the green flag waved. Ryan Hunter-Reay got collected in a freak pit-road accident. Marco Andretti — the hometown favorite and polesitter — ran out of contention as his fuel ran low.
Andretti Autosport had an all-front row start Sunday as the IndyCar Series returned to Pocono for the first time since 1989.
From romp to stomped, some of the traditional Indy heartache followed owner Michael Andretti to his home state.
“Andretti Autosport 1-2-3 didn’t last long,” Hinchcliffe said. “I feel so bad for the team. The guys worked so hard.”
Pocono piled on as E.J. Viso battled a wonky car and finished 21st.
The race that started with three teammates on the front row ended with three teammates on the podium: Scott Dixon, Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti made it 1-2-3 for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Pocono is considered a hometown track for the Andrettis, who hail from nearby Nazareth. Marco’s father, Michael, owns the team. His grandfather, Mario, was one of racing’s greatest drivers and is still a regular at the track.
“We were just so dominant,” a despondent Marco said. “I’m just absolutely gutted.
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