Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 #ShiftToGreen Honda scored his best qualifying result of the 2021 season to date as he will roll off from ninth place in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course after setting a lap time of 01:06.6134s and speaking following the action, the Mayor of HinchTown commented saying:

“Obviously, nice for us to be inside the top 10. After the season that we’ve had, it’s refreshing to be mad that we’re not in the (Firestone) Fast 6. We were only a tenth and a half off of getting in the Firestone Fast 6. It’s too bad but times are so close here at Mid-Ohio. Like I said, the Capstone Honda feels good. The Andretti Steinbrenner guys made some great changes overnight and hopefully we can keep chipping away during the race and find ourselves in a good position at the end.”

Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from the front row in second place with a time of 01:06:6770s and speaking following the action he said:

“It was a lot of fun in qualifying. It’s always a great fight with Josef (Newgarden). It seems like he has snuck by us for position at the very end over the last three weekends. We had a really good car today. Man, three thousandths of a second off, it was so close. It was a little disappointing to miss it by that much but we know the Gainbridge Honda is quick.”

Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts AutoNation Honda starts the race from sixth place after setting a 01:07:2181s and speaking following the action he said:

“It was a lot of fun in qualifying. It’s always a great fight with Josef (Newgarden). It seems like he has snuck by us for position at the very end over the last three weekends. We had a really good car today. Man, three thousandths of a second off, it was so close. It was a little disappointing to miss it by that much but we know the Gainbridge Honda is quick.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from tenth place having setting a best time of 01:06:7517s
and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“It was a promising practice and we finished fifth there. We advanced out of our group in Round 1 and into the top 12, but we were dealing with some understeer that we need to correct. We swung at it a little too hard and ended up making the car loose unfortunately. We have to try and keep up with the track as it’s gripping up. It was the change that we went with and it unfortunately backfired and we ended up P10. That’s where we started last year when we ended up on the podium, so we’ll try to make that happen again.”

 

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