Andretti Autosport had a qualifying session to forget ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda was the best place Andretti car and will start Sunday’s race from 15th place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a really disappointing qualifying after how we were looking in practice. I didn’t make it to the next group, so we will start in the back. We will see how the strategy goes. Last year we started off-strategy and ended up in front. This is IndyCar, everyone is so close to each other – you have to make the lap times and unfortunately we didn’t. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.
Ryan Hunter Reay will roll off from 18th place on the grid in the No.28 DHL Honda and speaking following his qualifying he commented by saying:
We really had a not so promising practice session (this morning), then in qualifying we had a good lap in. I was really charging for it and dropped the left rear (tire) off in the exit of (Turn) 9, just enough to make me lift. It would have put us P4 in my group – we would have at least moved on, but I don’t think it would have gone much further than that today. Hopefully we’ll put our heads together, put a great race car under us and pick a great strategy. We started from 18th last year and finished fifth… Hopefully we can do that again for the DHL team.
Hunter Reay started from 18th place here last season and following a great strategy came home in fifth place and he will be hoping for something similar tomorrow. Marco Andretti in the No.27 hhgregg/Snapple Honda will start the race from 19th place commented by saying:
We didn’t have the car we needed today – too much understeer and couldn’t get the times we needed to advance. It’s frustrating, to say the least, but we’ll keep at it and come back tomorrow fighting for better for hhgregg and Snapple.
Alexander Rossi who has been extremely unhappy with his set up this weekend will start the race from the last row in 20th place and speaking following his session he commented by saying:
I think the only positive to take from today is that the terminal issues we had yesterday, we were able to more-or-less resolve overnight. We’re much closer to the rest of the team, which is an improvement… But as a team we’re not up where we need to be. We need to try and get creative tonight – it’s pretty hard to pass around here so tomorrow is going to be a tough day.