Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda goes into today’s Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway in second place in the championship, 45 points behind leader Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
Hunter Reay will start the race from third place as best of the rest behind Team Penske’s Will Power and Josef Newgarden.
Speaking following qualifying for today’s race Hunter Reay said:
We just missed it a little bit – but good job by the team, the No. 28 car was decent. We got a little bit light overall – I couldn’t commit to full throttle leaving the corner, just a bit too much understeer. It’s unfortunate to not be on pole, but when we miss it and we are still starting P3, it’s not too bad. Tomorrow is where all the points are paid and I think we can get the DHL team a fourth Iowa Corn 300 win.
Alexander Rossi who is third in points going into the race will start from fifth place on the grid in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda. Speaking following qualifying Rossi commented by saying:
We missed the balance a little bit on the NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti Honda, but at the end of the day we were competitive this morning and pretty strong in the test. I’m not concerned about the car that we have. It’s just always difficult sometimes when you have different rubber and are trying to predict. We just predicted a little bit wrong today, but this race is a crazy one. I actually love this race – it’s one of my favorite ovals. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, this will by far be the best starting spot I’ve had around here and hopefully we can execute on that.
Andretti Autosport have been extremely strong this season with Hunter Reay and Rossi having won one race each this season so they are going to be very strong in today’s race at Iowa Speedway.