A Disappointing Qualifying Andretti Autosport
Andretti Autosport endured a disappointing qualifying for today’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start the race from 16th place with a time of 01:08.6235s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“It was a strange qualifying effort today. Pair our starting position with the food poisoning I’m battling, and it’s not an afternoon to remember. We were seventh overall in times coming out of practice, before quals, but we just couldn’t find the speed to advance when the time came. The DHL team has a couple podiums here, and we’re really hoping to take the top step tomorrow. We’ll spend time looking at it tonight, but we have some work to do.
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda starts the race from 17th place with a time of 01:08.6994s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“We were just missing overall grip and pace all day. I don’t know that we can pinpoint it to one thing. We tried a whole new package for qualifying and it didn’t quite work out, and it wasn’t entirely different from (Practice 2) from performance and balance standpoint. We have some homework to do overnight. We’ve seen in the past that the guys who have an extra set of (Firestone alternate) reds – because they don’t advance out of Q1 – have a pretty good race day. Hopefully that’s the case tomorrow for the NAPA Racing team, the reds are a pretty big step ahead of blacks in terms of performance and hopefully we can use that and put on a show tomorrow.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from 20th place having set a time of 01:08.8170s.
Speaking following the session he said:
“It was a confusing qualifying today. I think as a team we’re kind of struggling a bit. I’m frustrated with myself. I got through Turn 4 and once I got through the chicane, I looked down at the dash to see what the split was and ran up on the curb and lost about 4.5 tenths (of a second). It’s frustrating because that is something we could’ve avoided, and I think I maybe could’ve gotten closer to the (Firestone) Fast Six. I don’t know if we would’ve had enough to advance but could have at least been in the seventh area. But, we’re all back there, my teammates are there, we’re sharing the back half of the grid, so we just have to figure out what’s going on for tomorrow.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda starts the race from 23rd and speaking following the session he said:
Really disappointing qualifying today for the team. We’re missing pace and just not sure where our lack of speed is coming from. On the 98 side, we just felt like we didn’t have grip. We have a lot of work to do tonight and will have to fight our way up tomorrow. It’ll be a long 85 laps, but we’ll give it everything we can.”