Indianapolis, Indiana April 28, 2024

The 2.3 mile natural road course of Barber Motorsports Park has been a picturesque fixture in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar for over a decade, with the series returning once more for this year’s Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix powered by AmFirst. An infamously challenging track, this year proved no different as drivers were pushed to accommodate for multiple caution periods, and led to consistently rewritten strategies throughout the 90-lap race.

Ricardo Juncos:

A very difficult race, there were quite a few yellows, which is unusual for this track. We finished P12 and P20, which doesn’t reflect our pace. The strategy for 77 unfortunately didn’t play out. On the 78, we had multiple challenges during the race, but I think we recovered with a good strategy. So, thank you again for all the team members, mechanics, sponsors, both drivers, and all the fans for the support. Looking forward to the Month of May.

2023 NTT P1 Award winner Romain Grosjean continued to show his skill on the 17-turn course as he kicked off his 50th NTT INDYCAR SERIES start, securing P2 in Saturday’s practice session before advancing to the Fast 12 in qualifying to start the race from 11th on the grid.

Following an early caution period on the 6th lap of the race, Grosjean fought for position in the top 10 before a yellow flag caused by the errant tire of Alexander Rossi on lap 44 divided the field into two strategies. Grosjean opted for a fuel-saving two-stop strategy, while others chose to pit during the caution period, committing to the 2023-winning three-stop strategy.

 

Romain Grosjean:
“A good weekend overall. Very good pace. We qualified a bit further back than what we wanted. We tried to make the two stop strategy work, but the three stop was a lot better. But I’m very happy with the team, they were great in the pit stops and we were the first in the Chevy camp on the two-stop so we can be proud of that. We will keep working hard and bounce back stronger. It is clear we have a strong road course package.”

Cycling up to P7, a yellow flag caused on lap 55 by the apparent broken steering wheel of Sting Ray Robb sent Grosjean into pit lane to complete the second and final stop of his race. Lap 75 brought the next round of pit stops from the three-stop strategy drivers, cycling the No. 77 up to fight in the top 15, and crossing the checkered flag in 12th.

Starting in 20th, Canapino chose to follow the three-stop strategy, coming into pit lane during the mid-race caution to exchange his 15-lap-worn Firestone Primary sticker black tires for the more advantageous Alternate tires.

The Argentinian driver cycled up to 10th position during the next round of pit stops on lap 56, and jumped up to 8th before coming in on the 75th lap for his final stop. On-course to fight for his series-best finish, an incident with Christian Rasmussen on lap 79 triggered an eight-position penalty for the No. 78, finishing the race from where he started in 20th.

Agustin Canapino:
“We had a good car this race. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the pit box and after that I receive a penalty. I want to say thank you to the team. They did a really god job in the pits and strategy. The car on red tires was really fast, so thank you to the whole team. It was a shame, but I’m still learning. Hopefully, we will get some points. We will see what happens in the next race.”

The Alabama-based race carves the way for the highly anticipated Month of May, placing Grosjean 13th in the championship standings with 50 points and Canapino in 20th with 39 points ahead of the Sonsio Grand Prix. Viewers can catch the Indianapolis Motor Speedway triple-header on May 11 at 3:00 PM ET on NBC and Peacock.