Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Bryan Herta Autosport Honda was fastest qualifer of Andretti Autosport’s six entries for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Andretti will start Sunday’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 12th place on the grid following a four lap average speed of 227.288MPH and speaking following qualifying he said:
“I thought it was alright. I was chasing balance end to end. Even though there’s not that much wind, the balance end to end was different and it kind of caught me out. Lap 2 exiting [Turn] 1 had a big washout but then corrected with the tools and just road it out. I’m excited about the race that’s for sure. Yesterday wouldn’t have been enough for the top nine – I just want to be Row 4 because we can get it done from there.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from 14th place on the grid having set a four lap average speed of 226.788MPH and speaking following the session the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner said:
“I was hoping for more – but I think that’s the speed the car has it in. That last lap killed us a little bit, I was really aggressive with the tools. I had a good balance with the car, my engineers told me we had wind pick up on our last lap. Only in the last six or seven cars has the wind really changed from the south to the north direction, which is a headwind on the back straight, and that kind of killed the speed on the back. It just is what it is, that’s how it works. I’m looking forward to focusing on the race car tomorrow. If you have a good race car here, none of this qualifying stuff matters.
Carlos Munoz in the No.29 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda starts the race from 21st place following a four lap average speed of 226.048MPH and speaking following the session he said:
I want this race. I’ve been so close, so many years. I love the Indy 500. I’m a little disappointed in our qualifying. My last run wasn’t what I expected – this morning we were much quicker, and I don’t really know what happened. Even yesterday we were quicker. I’m really proud of my Ruoff Home Mortgage guys, though. I think the most important thing is to have a good car for the race and now we’ll switch our focus to making our race car the best – that’s what really matters.
Sheffield’s Stefan Wilson will start the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 23rd place on the grid setting a four lap average of 225.863MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
“I’m, honestly, a bit disappointed with our qualifying run today. I thought we found something overnight, and it felt like this morning when we went out the car had some speed. I was really hoping to improve on yesterday’s run and I think we ended up slower than yesterday’s run. So, I’m a bit disappointed right now, honestly, but now we’ll focus on the race car and running in traffic.”
Zach Veach starts the race in the No.26 Relay/Group One Thousand One Honda starts the race from 25th place with a four lap average speed of 225.748MPH and speaking following the session he said:
“We tried some things that we thought we needed and the car is pretty good – just not the speed we needed. Honestly, I’m a little shocked – a little concerned. The balance felt like where it needed to be, I just don’t understand where the speed went. It’s going to be tough starting where we’re starting with that kind of speed, so we’re going to need all the help we can get in traffic, but it’s a long race so we’ll see
It was a tough session for 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexsander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda as he will start the race from 32nd place following an error in inflating one of his tires.
Rossi set a four lap average speed of 224.935MPH and speaking following the session he said:
The NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti Honda deserved to be higher up. I thought we were fighting for a position in Row 4, and we ended up in the last row. We’ll look into it, but that’s what makes this place what it is. We saw yesterday, there are a lot of curveballs that are unexpected around here. Starting this far back is a new challenge and a new opportunity to show what we can do. I have a lot of experiences people around me who have had a lot of starts her – some at the front, some at the back, so I’ll lean on them and we’ll go forward from there.