Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda was extremely disappointed with yet another tough qualifying session. Andretti who is currently in 17th in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship with 220 points.
Andretti will start Sunday’s race at the Mid-Ohio sports car course in 21st place after setting a fastest time of 01:05.1997s. Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had too much understeer and we just keep tipping it over with turning the front wing. We can’t find the balance we need to get the speed. I don’t know… I guess it’s on me. It looks like I’m the common denominator, so I just need to do better in qualifying and keep pushing to get back up front.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda did a fantastic job as he will start the race from fourth place after setting a fastest time of 01:04.3265s and ended the session as the fastest Honda powered car.
Speaking following the session Hunter Reay commented by saying:
We had to work for it today. That was tough — to get that lap time out of the car. The engineering department did a great job making the right changes overnight. We found grip. That’s what it’s all about; we’ve been looking for it. It was rewarding today to be in the (Firestone) Fast Six and then actually compete for that front row. It’s going to be a long race tomorrow, but this is where the DHL car needs to be. We’ve had a pole here before, we’ve been on the podium here a few times and this is one of our better tracks. Smiles here right now, but it’s back to work tomorrow
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol EDGE / Curb Honda starts the race from 12th place having set a qualifying time of 01:04.8082s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was positive to make it to Round Two. Obviously, the first time we’ve done that all year so it’s something we need to be happy with. But then on the second run, we only had used (tires) and I think a lot of the guys we were going up against had new treads so that kinda sealed our fate a little bit. Then the rain started to come a bit and it was just hard to improve on where we were, but nonetheless it’s a step forward; still a long way to go from here.
Carlos Munoz will start the race from 15th place and speaking following qualifying the Colombian commented by saying:
A really tough day for sure, we were just missing something on the car set up. We have to concentrate for tomorrow. Everything that happens, there’s a chance of rain tomorrow so that can be a question for the race and what we do. We will just keep working.