Andretti Autosport endured a tough qualifying session for Sunday’s Hitachi IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi was the highest placed driver of Michael Andretti’s four cars as the Californian will start the race from 15th place having set a fastest time of 01:24.0908s and speaking following the session, Rossi who drives the No.98 Castrol EDGE/Curb Honda commented by saying:
We made big improvements overnight and had a top five car this morning. The first run on blacks (primary tire) felt about as I expected it, but on the reds (alternate tire) we completely lost the balance. It’s very surprising, very disappointing and a huge mystery at the moment.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 hhgregg Honda will start the race just behind Rossi in 16th place having set a qualifying time of 01:25.5560s and speaking following the session the Colombian commented by saying:
I feel like we’re getting worse and worse. We changed some stuff but we just didn’t get it right. The reds didn’t affect us, maybe for the lap time but it was really hard to go through the group. Tomorrow we have to be a little aggressive on the strategy and hope that it works.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data / Snapple Honda will tart the race from 18th place having set a fastest time of 01.26.4285s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We didn’t get to really show what we had – even though I think wrung-out we’re not very good. I think honestly the only one I could have beaten was my teammate (Carlos Munoz). I was on a lap to beat him but then it went yellow. So we could have been 16th instead of 18th… But big deal.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start Sunday’s race from 19th place having set a fastest qualifying time of 01:24.5254s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We just haven’t been able to find the grip; it’s been very inconsistent. You really have to lean on the car. It’s not really giving us what we want – none of cars have been very happy this weekend. I had high hopes coming in here. We had a pretty decent test and then we came off qualifying fourth at Mid-Ohio – top Honda – you’d think we’d come in here, to another road course and be able to transfer that. I really want to get a good result here for DHL over the weekend. We still have a shot, but we’ve been struggling with the car. Again tonight, we’re going to make some big changes to it and we’ll see how it goes. It’s great to be here at Watkins Glen and seeing all fans turn out. This facility is amazing and this is my 200th start so we hope to have a good weekend. Hopefully we get this ship turned around and find that paddle.