Munoz Tops Andretti Autosport Qualifying Starting Detroit Race 1 From 5th
Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz will start tomorrow’s Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix of Detroit from 5th place on the grid and is the highest placed driver from Michael Andretti’s stable. Speaking following the session, the Colombian commented by saying:
We tried some stuff for the Fast Six, it didn’t work. But it’s the first Fast Six we’ve done with normal conditions. I’m really happy to be starting fifth, it’s the best of the team and a good position to start the race. I still think we have work to do to get everything out of the Magneti Marelli car during tomorrow’s practice.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start the race from 15th place and he was disappointed and worried about the traffic in the race. Hunter Reay commented by saying:
There’s an accordion affect in qualifying sometimes. You get yourself into a gap, you make your home in that gap and then everybody’s just got to go. Bourdais, for some reason, went five seconds off the pace on that first lap. I have to understand why he did it; I’ve got to understand why it was necessary. I’ll go talk to him and figure it out – he has plenty of experience so it’s strange that would happen. But it cost me, and it cost Marco. It’s going to be hard in traffic tomorrow. The track a bit rougher than it was last year, but we’ll talk about it as a group and figure something out for the DHL team.
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda was left disappointed as he will start the race from 17th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
(Qualifying) really surprises me. Based on where the teammates were in practice, I thought we’d be looking pretty good in qualifying. I felt really comfortable in that session in the NAPA car, compared to where I was in practice. It’s disappointing. To be a group toward the bottom again, is not great. We need to keep working.
Marco Andretti was left extremely disappointed with his qualifying session as he will start the race from 19th place in the No.27 United Fiber & Data Snapple Honda and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Qualifying was really frustrating, 19th wasn’t the result we came here for today. We’ll have to get creative and do our best to work the UFD / Snapple car to the front tomorrow.