Ryan Hunter-Reay and his Andretti Autosport team delivered a finely honed performance in the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America, but ultimately it wasn’t quite enough to overcome the advantage polesitter Josef Newgarden was able to maintain throughout.
“Hats off to Josef, he did a great job. I was hoping to make it more interesting,” Hunter-Reay told NBC Sports. “I thought I had the pace for him, especially in the first two stints — I could really close on him when I wanted to, just getting the fuel number [so] I thought it was going to be a real good race between us. But then those last two stints when he put on those used [Firestone] reds and I put on the blacks, he was hooked up. In the dirty air I had a really hard time staying behind him in the Carousel and trying to get a run on him, so that’s just what we had.”
But what he had was enough to move him into second in the season standings, 45 points behind leader Scott Dixon (who Hunter-Reay held off over the final laps) and Hunter-Reay was hopeful even better things are in store.
“We’re doing really well right now in the points so we just need to keep that consistency up,” he sad. “No doubt this team can challenge for a championship — we just need to keep the momentum rolling.”