It was a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon at Barber Motorsports Park, setting the stage for an exciting 2014 running of the Grand Prix of Alabama. There was so much rain, in fact, that the race was postponed for a few hours and, when it eventually ran, went for just an hour and forty minutes. All the same, it was an action-packed 100 minutes of racing that saw Ryan Hunter-Reay make up for his crash at Long Beach two weeks ago, by driving his DHL-sponsored Honda Dallara to a 12th career victory.
The track was pretty wet when the drivers went out onto the track on rain tires. As the track dried, though, a few drivers prematurely switched to red-band softs (slick tires prone to hydroplaning on damp tracks). Chaos ensued. Afterwards, we saw four cautions in just twelve laps, and one of those was extended when rookie Carlos Muñoz (embarrassingly) lost control of his car while “weaving” behind the pace car (which drivers do to help heat up their tires).
That little move did not make young Muñoz look good.
Despite the rain delays and wet-weather drama, the 2014 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama delivered the thrills we were promised- along with a surprise 2nd place finish from Marco Andretti, making it a 1-2 performance for the Andretti Racing team and Honda. Here’s how the race played out for everyone else:
|Car No.||Driver||Engine||Grid Pos.|
|18||Carlos Huertas (R)||Honda||16|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||-1|
|63||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||Honda||-6|
|34||Carlos Munoz (R)||Honda||Ret.|