Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay was the second fastest driver on the opening day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Saturday ending the session just behind James Hinchcliffe in for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had the fastest car on Wednesday – which was great, but we had some troubles toward the end of the week so today we’ve just been getting up to speed. Are first run we just didn’t have the balance, but our last run was great! I really have to give credit to the whole 28 DHL Honda team- these guys, when I needed them they were there with the right settings, the car was great. I also really want to thank Honda for really pushing it here. They’re absolutely hanging it all on the edges as we are (the drivers). It’s making for a great show out there. Hopefully tomorrow we come away with the pole!
Townsend Bell returning to the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport did a a great job ending the session in fifth place and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
Today was pretty edgy. The first lap was good, the second lap was a little harder. The third lap I made a bit of a bobble in Turn 1 and then tried to make up for it on the fourth lap. But the California Pizza Kitchen / Robert Graham car has been awesome and the Honda power is terrific. I can’t complain to be contending for the pole tomorrow. It’s fun to come back to Indy and have that opportunity.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 United Fiber & Data Honda made it into the Fast nine ending the say in eighth place and speaking following the on the action on track, Munoz commented by saying:
I lost a little bit on my first lap, it just wasn’t there. Today the conditions were very tough, after the rain and the wind. My last three laps were very fast and the goal today was to be in the top nine. I think we’ve had a very good United Fiber & Data Car all week and I am really happy we will have the opportunity to work for pole position tomorrow. I think we have a good chance to start the ‘500’ from first.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts / Curb Honda was disappointing after missing out on a place in the Fast nine and ended up in 10th place just ahead of team mate Marco Andretti.
Speaking following the session, Rossi commented by saying:
It’s disappointing. We spent the entire day inside the Fast Nine to get bumped out with just a few seconds left in qualifying. We thought we were safe, it’s just a shame we won’t be competing for pole tomorrow. I know we have one of the best cars on the track and we could’ve seen the NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb car on the front row for the 100th Running. We will just have to make sure we end the day in tenth tomorrow.
Marco Andretti was left very disappointed as he was the slowest of the Andretti Autosport car and ended the session in 11th place and speaking following the action he said:
On my first run, I knew during the first lap that I was in trouble. The rear (of the car) started to go on Lap 1 — man, that was a miserable run. We were luck to not be in the wall on that one. We went back out and it was a time game. We fell on the short side of timing and got bumped at the end. It’s not the day I was looking for, but this race can be won from outside the top nine and that’s now what our sights are on