“Getting information is very important, and you need to get good, accurate information, and you need to have information that you can trust,” Andretti said. “That’s what we have with all four cars that are out there running all the time. We are getting four cars of data, and the four drivers and four engineers all work together and trust each other, and so we are getting four times the work done than if you had one car out there.
“I think that’s the biggest thing. I don’t think we have any tricks. It’s just good, hard work and good teamwork.”
It’s paying off, with reigning series champion Hunter-Reay only nine points behind front-running Helio Castroneves of Team Penske in the drivers’ championship. Marco Andretti is third (-55 points) and Hinchcliffe vaulted five positions to fourth (-66 points). E.J. Viso, who earned his third consecutive top 10 on three distinctly different ovals, is 11th in the standings.
“Hopefully all four continue to finish races and continue to get points,” Andretti continued. “Races like (Iowa) where Marco didn’t have a great car but he still came home ninth and got some important points, that’s what it’s going to take. I think one of them has a chance at winning the championship.
“Having said that, guys like Helio, with his experience and everything, it’s going to be really difficult. He’s going to make it go right down to the wire. But it’s always nice to have more than one bullet in the gun, and right now we have three real legitimate shots at winning the championship.”