Andretti Autosport’s 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from third place behind pole sitter James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden.
Speaking following the session, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
We left all we had in the DHL Honda on track today – it was on rails. Perfect qualifying run, just came up short. We have a great car – the crew has done a tremendous job putting together an incredible car. It’s great to start on the front row of the 100th Running of the Indy 500. All I want each year is a fighting chance — I just want to be able to go out there and have a chance to fight for it. We have a fighting chance.
Townsend Bell in the No.29 California Pizza Kitchen/Robert Graham Honda will start the race from fourth place just behind Hunter Reay and following his session he commented by saying:
It was great to get back out for qualifying today – it’s the 100th Running of the Indy 500 and I had a shot at the pole, maybe even the Front Row. I’m a little bummed were not up there but we have a fast car. Our last practice run this morning I about left the car in the dumpster – it was as close as it can possibly get here and to still drive away, I was really lucky. The California Pizza Kitchen / Robert Graham car is one of the best I’ve ever had here. It’s not just the car though – it’s the team, the approach – working with Craig Hampson has just been terrific and he has given me a great car along with the whole Andretti Autosport and Honda crews.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 United Fibers & Data Honda will start the race from fifth place following a great session setting a four lap average of 230.287mph. Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Now that qualifying is finished, we are focused on the race. I expected a little bit better today. It wasn’t the best run, we could’ve done better. These United Fiber & Data guys work really good – my mechanics, my engineers, everyone. For sure it would’ve been nice to be on the front row for the race, but qualifying is what’s nice for the show – the race is the most important thing. I think we have a good car for the race and now that’s what we will focus on.
Alexander Rossi who is making his first Indianapolis 500 start was extremely impressive and narrowly missed out on a place in the top ten and will start the race from 11th place on the grid just behind Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Oriol Servia and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Eleventh was one away from what we could’ve hoped for after yesterday, so we’ll take it. It’s pretty clear that the Andretti cars are pretty strong, including the NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb car. We’ll keep working away these next few days and do the best that we can to be as prepared as possible for race day.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda went into qualifying on Sunday missing fifth gear and as a result of a poor day on Saturday coupled with the issue today will start the Indianapolis 500 from 14th place just behind reigning series champion Scott Dixon and speaking following the session Andretti commented by saying:
Qualifying without fifth gear is not easy. All I can say is I hope we are getting our luck out of the way before this race. I ride with my guys – we could start this race 33rd and I’m going in as confident as ever. Yeah, we could’ve been top nine or even pole contenders, but we’ve been up against it all week – a different problem every time we come out. But we’re ready to battle and the way I look at it is like having a bad first pit stop in the race, even if you’re on pole. We just have to keep battling. We’re looking to do what (Juan Pablo) Montoya did last year and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) did the year before that. That’s the goal.