Marco Andretti admits that his team is at a loss to explain a suspected mechanical issue that left him wallowing toward the bottom of the timing sheets during both of Friday’s IndyCar practice sessions at Long Beach.
On an otherwise encouraging start to the weekend for Andretti Autosport, which had Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay finishing both sessions inside the top three and Zach Veach within range of the top 10, Andretti was P15 in the morning and 20th fastest in the afternoon; his overall best of 1m09.7632s leaving him 1.3s adrift of Hunter-Reay’s afternoon pace.
“It was a difficult day to say the least,” Andretti said. “We’re definitely dealing with a mechanical issue – I am convinced I have a carry-over issue that has not yet been identified from Phoenix. We’ve tried different things out but unfortunately haven’t found a solution yet. Once we pinpoint what exactly is going on, I know we’ll have a fast car. Our teammates are proving we have the setup, so we really just need to fix the issue.”
Andretti has several top-10 finishes at Long Beach to his credit, with a best result of sixth in 2009.