Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay desperately needed a good race tonight at Texas Motor Speedway after a dismal doubleheader in Detroit last weekend, but has been knocked out of the Firestone 600 with a mechanical failure.
Hunter-Reay was running in the Top 10, but brought his No. 28 DHL/Andretti Autosport Honda into the pits as the race restarted on Lap 135.
“We lost power – aggressively lost power,” the American driver said to NBCSN. “And then we had an oil pressure alarm, and then it sounded really bad after that. I tried to get down to the apron and I thought we were spilling oil everywhere, which I guess we were.
“It’s really frustrating. We made a change on that last stop that I thought would bring us in the game there. We were running seventh and still had a shot at it. But it was a long night and we needed the points tonight most of all.”
After winning the ‘500’ on Memorial Day weekend, Hunter-Reay suffered 16th and 19th place finishes in the twin Detroit races that knocked him from first to third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship going into Texas.
Now, it appears that he’ll be dropping even further down the standings.