Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda was the fastest Andretti Autosport driver in qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Saturday.
The American managed to make it into the Firestone Fast 6 at the end of the session and will start the race from sixth place on the grid alongside reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target car.
Hunter Reay was the fastest Honda powered car with top five in qualifying powered by Chevrolet and speaking following his session he stated:
We have to go back and talk about the race car, we were just focused on qualifying. It’s a new (aero) kit, it’s a work in progress. I have to talk myself into being happy about qualifying the DHL Honda sixth today, that’s hard to do, but it’s better than we qualified last year here. I think this new aero kit and the Honda engine have put us closer, but we still need to do a lot of work here.
Carlos Munoz will start the race from 13th place in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We expected much more in qualifying, so we are disappointed. We will have to work it out for tomorrow to put the Andretti Autosport Honda on top, but we’re starting 13th, so we’ll see how it goes.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda will start the race from 15th place on the grid after recording a fastest time of 1m 01.2417s and speaking following his session he stated:
Credit to Ryan (Hunter-Reay) to squeeze it out and get into the Firestone Fast Six. We just were lacking rear grip in qualifying. The (Firestone alternate) reds didn’t do what I expected they would do. We’ll meet tonight and pull together to work towards a strong set up for the Snapple car for tomorrow.
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda will start the race from 19th place on the grid after recording a time of 1m 01.5372s and speaking following his very first IndyCar Series qualifying session, Rossi commented by saying:
Based on yesterday afternoon, we were expecting quite a bit more today. We had a bit of an issue this morning on the Castrol Edge/Curb Honda with braking that we weren’t able to resolve this afternoon. That is a little disappointing but it’s the way it goes sometimes. I think that we, as a group of four cars, need to put our heads together tonight and figure out what the best solution is. We all know IndyCar racing is very different on Sunday than it is on Saturday, so we’ll have to make sure we dot all our i’s and cross all our t’s to put our best foot forward for tomorrow.