Herta explains how Andretti ran out of fuel in IndyCar Toronto race

Bryan Herta has explained why Marco Andretti was forced to make a penultimate lap 'splash and dash' pitstop that prevented the IndyCar driver from taking fourth in Toronto

Herta explains how Andretti ran out of fuel in IndyCar Toronto race

Andretti had to climb his way up the field after a mistake in qualifying - he ran the softer red-walled Firestone tyres on a damp track - meant he started the race from 14th.

He made an excellent start and gained more places than anyone else in the opening phase of the race, overcoming Takuma Sato in a hotly-contested battle on his way to fourth.

The driver of the Bryan Herta-affiliated Andretti entry was then forced into the pits on the penultimate lap because his team had miscalculated refuelling during his second pitstop, resigning him to 10th.

"That was our [the team's] fault," Herta told Autosport.

"Marco didn't stop early on the second stop and he didn't burn through the fuel too quickly. It was us making a very simple mistake.

"At the second stop [on lap 56 of 85] we didn't get the car full. We thought we had enough fuel but we didn't fill it up and it was totally a mistake from our side of the equation.

"We didn't know we were going to run out of fuel until we ran out, and Marco got the light on the dash telling him he was on the collector tank.

"We should have had plenty.

"It was a real shame because he earned that fourth and we lost it for him."

Andretti has improved on street courses - traditionally his weakness - in 2018, notably taking his first pole position in five years at Detroit earlier this season.

He has still not won a race since his victory at Iowa in 2011, with Andretti telling Autosport a win would lift the pressure on him.

Herta explained that Andretti has not made sweeping changes to his driving style on street tracks.

"There's not one big thing that Marco has changed, but there are a thousand little things throughout the team that have improved, and I think we're capable of competing in the top five or six on every type of track now," said Herta.

"I don't feel like there's a place we're going in the rest of the season where we should be less competitive.

"Whatever the type of track, it's just a piece of asphalt that we have to get around faster than the other guys.

"I have no doubt that Marco is capable of winning at this level and we're doing a lot of the right things and we'll continue getting better.

"That's no more than every other team is doing, but we keep working to do an even better job than them, and Marco is an intrinsic part of that process."

shares
comments
Pagenaud/Wickens IndyCar Toronto 'dogfight' was on the limit

Previous article

Pagenaud/Wickens IndyCar Toronto 'dogfight' was on the limit

Next article

Laguna Seca returns to IndyCar calendar for 2019

Laguna Seca returns to IndyCar calendar for 2019
Load comments

About this article

Series IndyCar
Drivers Marco Andretti , Colton Herta
Author David Malsher
The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed Plus

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed

Often unfairly characterised as a car-breaker, judged for his lack of an Indianapolis 500 win and a disappointing part-season of Formula 1 in 1993, Michael Andretti was highly respected by his rivals and only thwarted greater success by ill-fortune. When it all came together in 1991, he was a truly formidable force

IndyCar
Mar 6, 2021
How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite Plus

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite

The second year of McLaren's full-time IndyCar return is looming, with Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up. Strong team personnel and work behind the scenes means that 2021 could be the year it joins the established elite

IndyCar
Feb 21, 2021
The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart Plus

The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart

Flashes of brilliance amid spells of obscurity have been too common for Marco Andretti. While the third-generation racer has opted to bring his full-time IndyCar career to a close, his peaks and troughs have never been for want of trying

IndyCar
Jan 20, 2021
Why American racing's top dog is without equal Plus

Why American racing's top dog is without equal

A byword for success in business and in motorsport for over 50 years, Roger Penske's importance to the US scene cannot be understated. In an exclusive interview, the custodian of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway reflects on his journey

IndyCar
Jan 11, 2021
The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete Plus

The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete

When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indycar game-changer that won its third Indianapolis 500 five years after its debut

IndyCar
Dec 22, 2020
Why Newgarden's best IndyCar season yet wasn't enough Plus

Why Newgarden's best IndyCar season yet wasn't enough

Josef Newgarden feels he didn't put a foot wrong in 2020, yet his finest season-long run of performances failed to yield a third series championship. But in a warning shot to Scott Dixon, Team Penske's team leader has vowed to redouble his efforts in 2021

IndyCar
Dec 21, 2020
How Dixon held on in IndyCar's most unpredictable season Plus

How Dixon held on in IndyCar's most unpredictable season

Three wins on the trot gave the Chip Ganassi Racing superstar the cushion he needed to hang on for a sixth title in the face of Josef Newgarden's late challenge. Here's the rundown of a typically frantic IndyCar campaign in an extraordinary year

IndyCar
Nov 28, 2020
The balancing act required for improving racing at Indy Plus

The balancing act required for improving racing at Indy

Calls for an improvement in the racing spectacle at the Indianapolis 500 have been met with small aerodynamic tweaks from IndyCar on superspeedways. But where such high speeds are involved, even minor adjustments require significant planning

IndyCar
Oct 31, 2020