Andretti Autosport had a mixed bag of results in qualifying for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis as Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from eighth place with a time of 1:09.8222s and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“Somewhat happy with how the day went. I think we had a better day in there, unfortunately, we finished eighth. We were so close to the (Firestone) Fast 6, but that’s how it is in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, it’s always close. Overall, a happy day. We definitely can win from eighth. I’m really excited after the announcement of my signing of two more years with Gainbridge and Andretti Autosport, so that’s really cool. For now, we’re focused on the race tomorrow.”

Alexander Rossi will start the race from 14th place in the No.27 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda with a time of 1:09.9012s and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“We’re trying to figure out what happened in qualifying today – we honestly don’t know. We got a lot looser there. I’m honestly stumped. We’ll have to look into it. You look at Will (Power) and he lost half a second from two hours ago. That second session was slower than the first session. It’s kind of confusing. We’ll have a look at it, but it’s unfortunate to have the AutoNation Honda starting where it is.”

Ryan Hunter Reay starts the race from 19th place in the No.28 DHL Honda and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“All in all it was a pretty frustrating day for the whole team. We thought we had the speed to make it and we were in the the top six for most of the session. We just missed it by seven hundredths of a second, which would’ve put us P5. Unfortunately we were on the wrong side of that. Quite a few of us are starting toward the latter half of the field, so we’ll just have to come up with a good tire and fuel strategy to put us into the top 10 and then fight from there. We’re going to try to get the No. 28 DHL Honda up front and we still have a few tricks up our sleeve. We’ll look toward putting our best foot forward tomorrow for warm-up.”

James Hinchcliffe is desperate to turn his season around following a tough start to the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season for the Canadian and speaking after qualifying in 22nd place he commented saying:

“A rough day. We decided to throw a new setup on the car for qualifying. We had decent pace on the (Firestone Primary) Black tires but just missed it on the (Firestone Alternate) Reds. We just didn’t have the grip and balance we were hoping for. It’s a tough deal. The series is competitive and you can’t afford to miss it like that. Across the board we sort of dropped the ball from the pace we had in practice. It’s unfortunate, but I think we have faster race cars than we showed in qualifying for today. Just looking to move the Capstone car forward.”

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