Carlos Munoz Is Kind Of Pushy For A Rookie
Rookie Carlos Munoz was top driver for Andretti Autosport at Long Beach on Sunday.
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rookie Carlos Munoz was almost apologetic after his podium finish in Sunday’s 40th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, where the 22-year-old Colombian emerged as Andretti Autosport’s coolest shoe.
“It’s not the way I’d like to earn my third-place with so many accidents, but this is racing,” said Munoz, who trailed winner Mike Conway and runnerup Will Power across the finish line after the 80-lapper. “Anything can happen, especially on this track; especially in INDYCAR, anything can happen. It’s not always the fastest guy wins the race.”
Ask Ryan Hunter-Reay, Munoz’s Andretti Autosport teammate. The 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Hunter-Reay dominated on the 1.968-mile/11-turn street-course. But RHR also triggered a seven-car accident 24 laps from the finish when he tried to overtake Josef Newgarden in the Turn 4 right-hander. The incident eliminated both Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe – as well as Newgarden, rookie Jack Hawksworth and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan.
The accident appeared to open the door for three-time/reigning series champion Scott Dixon to win at Long Beach for the first time. But Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, was forced to stop for a splash of Read the full story »