“If it takes more second places than firsts to win the championship, then sign me in, and I’m ready to do that,” he said.
Castroneves has finished lower than 10th only one time this season, 13th in his hometown race at Sao Paulo. Andretti has finished seventh or better in all but the first race of the Detroit doubleheader last weekend, when he was 20th before moving to sixth the next day.
“I just want to be consistently better,” Andretti said. “We have been knocking on the door and like hanging and lingering around the top six. I’m pleased with the start of the season, but I’m not exactly where I want to be yet.”
Rahal is 14th in points after a pair of ninth-place finishes in Detroit. Teammate James Jakes was 10th in the first race at Belle Isle, then followed that with his first podium finish, second behind Simon Pagenaud.
“We’ve got some momentum, and I feel like this is a phenomenal organization” Rahal said. “It’s always a difficult thing to build momentum No. 1, and to, No. 2, keep it. We’re doing the best that we can to develop that, and certainly Detroit really, really helped. … We’re only going to continue to grow and get better. I think it’s simple as that.”
Last year’s race at Texas is among four second-place finishes for Rahal since his debut victory, including Long Beach in April. He has been on the podium three other times after finishing third.
“I really wish, of course, I would have won again before now,” he said. “I thought we would have had at least a few more wins. … I’ve had a lot of podiums, and each one of those results, all it takes is something to go slightly different and that’s seven wins.
“I could sit here all day and think about Texas and think about all the other races that I could have or should have won,” he said. “But at some point, you’ve just got to say, look my time is still to come.”
Note: Simona De Silvestro, Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier were each penalized a 10-grid spot penalty for making unapproved engine changes since last weekend’s doubleheader in Detroit. De Silvestro dropped a full 10 spots, from her qualifying position of 12th to 22nd, a spot ahead of Pagenaud, who qualified 14th. Vautier, the only rookie driver, didn’t post a qualifying time and was already at the back of the 24-car field.