AJ Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworth driving the No.41 ABC Supply Co Honda will start Sunday’s Hitachi IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen from 9th place on the grid having set a fastest time of 01:23.6392s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was an interesting qualifying session, there was a lot of drama obviously in the first one. We did the one lap on reds (alternate Firestone tires) and then we were on our second lap when the red (flag) came out. We crossed the line and we thought we were through (to the next round) and then we were out. Earlier in the session, when I was on a flyer on my first set of reds, Graham (Rahal) stopped in the middle of Turn 10 so he drew a penalty as he should. We obviously then transferred. It was pretty decent but again maybe we were just on the wrong place on the track. (Will) Power just kept backing up a little bit, and perhaps we could have gone a couple of tenths quicker and got P7. Overall a pretty decent day. The car was good and we’ve been pretty competitive all weekend so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.
Takuma Sato hit the barrier at turn seven bringing out the red flag and as a result he had his two fastest laps deleted. The Japanese driver will start the race from 22nd place on the grid.
Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a disappointing session for us. After today’s practice we made some changes and the car was pretty good but on edge. We had a little issue with the HANS device which wasn’t in place correctly so I had to pit and that made us a little bit hassled. But then on my hot lap, I just simply lost it in Turn 7. I feel bad for the boys because they made a good car. Hopefully we have a good performance tomorrow.