Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from sixth place.
Hunter Reay set a qualifying time of 01:16.9132s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We made the (Firestone) Fast Six, but we’re pretty disappointed with the result. We just missed a little bit with strategy and timing of our runs, and had some issues during the run that kept us from achieving the time that we had hoped to get for the DHL team. I don’t think we showed our full potential, but sixth is good starting spot. I just think we could have been quite a bit better.
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol EDGE/Curb Honda will start the race from eighth place having just missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast 6. The Californian who set a qualifying time of 01:16.5840s commented on his session by saying:
We only missed the (Firestone) Fast Six by a one-hundredth of a second, that’s really hard to swallow because you can look back and look over a lap and think of a lot of places where that one-hundredth is. It’s just crazy. It’s our best qualifying on a road course so we have to take some satisfaction from that and try to get the car to the front tomorrow. I think we have a fast race car so this is the one Saturday where I know I’ll get a decent night’s sleep.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda starts the race in 14th place just behind former team mate Tony Kanaan after setting a fastest time of 01:16.9288s. Andretti commented following qualifying by saying:
We had an over-boost that cost two-tenths of a second. This one is going to be hard to swallow. Coming on to the straightaway we had a huge misfire and we lost two tenths [of a second] and, you know, we missed [Round 2] by a half of a tenth [of a second]. It’s going to be tough to sleep tonight. It’s a bummer, we had the pace to do something pretty good today with the Snapple car. I’m going to be pretty bummed out tonight.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 hhgregg Honda will start the race from 16th place on the grid after setting a fastest time of 01:17.0314s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The hhgregg car was looking good in practice and in qualifying we just weren’t as fast as we were in practice. The track didn’t feel bad at all so I don’t really know what happened. You just have one lap and in that one lap you have to put everything together. It happens.