LONG BEACH, Calif – It was a weekend to forget for the entire Andretti Autosport group. It all started with practice on Friday as none of the four drivers put themselves in the top 10 on the speed charts that day. That carried over to qualifying on Saturday afternoon, as Carlos Munoz was the only Andretti driver to nab a top 10 starting spot, as he started the 80 Lap Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 10th.
The other four were outside the top 10 for Sunday’s race as they had a lot of work to do.
Unfortunately, they weren’t able to do much today.
Munoz, was the highest finishing Andretti driver as he brought his No. 26 Honda home 12th. Yes, the highest finishing Andretti driver came home 12th.
If he’s 12th, where did the rest finish?
Well, it wasn’t good.
Ryan Hunter-Reay brought his No. 28 DHL/Sun Drop Honda home 18th while Marco Andretti finished 19th. The fourth driver in rookie Alexander Rossi came home 20th himself.
It gets worse, both Andretti and Rossi were a lap down, as they were two of only the three drivers who didn’t finish on the lead lap.
Andretti started last and had his power unit shut down on the opening lap as he just had to cruise all day. Rossi, struggled to get a grasp of the 1.968-mile street circuit as he was the worst finishing rookie.
It’s been a tough year overall for the group, as they have just one car inside the top 10 in points after three races, as Hunter-Reay sits seventh heading into next weekend’s race at Barber.
Hunter-Reay leads the charge as he has finishes of third, 10th and now 18th this season.
Munoz has finishes of eighth, 22nd and 12th while Andretti has come home a dismal 15th, 13th and 19th.
Rossi has 12th, 14th and 20th out of the gates in his first three IndyCar starts.
All I know is, those finishes aren’t going to cut it, was this has been a rough go of it in 2016 for all four Andretti cars. Long Beach was just a continuation of the bad luck.