Rough Race Day Masks Big Improvement for Andretti Team

The frustration burning within Michael Andretti was clear in the images of him taken throughout the first race of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. The damage to all three cars was significant, although Kirkwood was able to continue in the No. Take note: Kirkwood’s car was the second Andretti Autosport machine airborne on the day. Race control aligned with Herta’s assessment, slapping Power with a penalty for avoidable contact. Again, race control issued a penalty against an Andretti aggressor, this time McLaughlin. After starting three cars in the top five of the race and leading 31 laps, the combined average finish of the four was 19.5 among 27 starters, with Kirkwood the team’s top finisher in 15th. Grosjean finished 18th, Herta 20th, DeFrancesco 25th – clearly not the way a season is supposed to start.

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