Andretti Autosport Mid-Ohio Debrief
 September 15, 2020| 
  • Team News
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RACE 1.
 
Returning to the first track of the season with prior experience, Devlin DeFrancesco and the Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport entered the doubleheader with hopes of collecting crucial championship points and reaching the podium once again. DeFrancesco took the green flag for Race 1 from seventh, but a mechanical/engine issue caused the No. 17 to stop off course and bring a full course caution, plaguing the team's hopes for a podium in Race 1.

 

RACE 2.
Ready to bounce back after Race 1's mechanical issue, DeFrancesco and the Andretti Steinbrenner crew focused on tackling Race 2, but Race 2 came with a twist - racing in heavy rain. DeFrancesco started sixth for Sunday's race but was one of few drivers who went off track during the early laps before Race 2 was red flagged due to conditions and postponed to restart later in the afternoon.

For the rescheduled continuation of Race 2, DeFrancesco took the restart from the rear of the field in 13th and drove his way up to 10th before ultimately finishing the day in 11th. Despite a difficult weekend for the No. 17 team, DeFrancesco holds his position of second in the championship, 49 points behind first.

 

NEXT.
After seven races in four weeks, DeFrancesco and the Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport team will take a break for a little less than a month before the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Championship enters the final events of the adapted 2020 season. The series will pick up again on October 9-11 at New Jersey Motorsports Park for a tripleheader weekend.
 
No. 17 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT
RACE 1
START FINISH STANDING / POINTS
7 14 [MECHANICAL] 2 / 247
RACE 2
START FINISH STANDING / POINTS
4 [RESTART 13] 11 2 / 257
"That was certainly a frustrating weekend, but we’re second in points with five races left to run and are still well in the championship hunt. The engine issue on Saturday was a huge disappointment. I felt like we really could have made up some positions in that race and hopefully claw back some points in the championship. The conditions in Race 2 were pretty treacherous at the start. I had a brake issue and there were quite a few of us that were caught out by the water in the first corner that really had our race ruined right off the bat. And then, restarting in the dry after prepping for a wet race was challenging. I was happy to make up a few positions, but passing is already hard at Mid-Ohio, and especially so in a car that really wasn’t set up for that scenario. I’m looking forward to heading to New Jersey Motorsport Park and trying a new track. I have a couple of weeks to record plenty of laps on my Allinsports simulator to be as well prepared as possibly can. My Andretti Steinbrenner team has done a brilliant job for me this season and I’m looking forward to putting the No.17 Kimoa car back on the top step of the podium soon."

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