Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda will start Saturday night’s Firestone 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway from pole position after securing his first Verizon IndyCar Series P1 Award.
Speaking following the session the Colombian commented by saying:
It’s my first (IndyCar career) pole – I was looking at the (Verizon P1) hat and it looks really nice! I’m really happy for all of my team after Indy and for everything, I have to thank everyone. It’s a long race tomorrow and now we have to focus on that with practice tonight.
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi driving the No.98 Castrol Edge Honda will start the race from ninth place just ahead of James Hinchcliffe and speaking following the qualifying session the Californian commented by saying:
The car was so good – It’s really a shame to give away good positions because you don’t have a radio. We weren’t able to communicate with the timing stand to adjust the settings on the Castrol EDGE car, so missed out on where we feel we should be on the grid. But I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow and working on moving up through the field.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start the race just outside the top ten in 11th place following an average qualifying speed of 216.260mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It’s really hard to get the set up exactly as you need it. That’s the worst part about (Texas Motor Speedway), just getting the car in that very small operating range. Every year it seems to get trickier too. The track surface seems to be a little bit rougher every year and just eats up those Firestones more and more. We’ll see. We’re going to try and have a good night tonight in practice and get the DHL car set up for tomorrow.
Marco Andretti had a slightly better qualifying this weekend following his tough start last time out in Detroit as he will start the Firestone 600 from 12th place just behind Ryan Hunter Reay and speaking following the session, Andretti commented by saying:
We were hoping for a better starting positon for tomorrow’s race, especially being in Snapple’s hometown… But this is always a fun race here in Texas and we’ll work on picking a line that will take up to the front.