Andretti Autosport managed to three of their cars through to the Firestone Fast 12 for their home race, the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the teams home race.
Ryan Hunter Reay, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti made it into the second part of qualifying with Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starting the race from eighth place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had some hiccups earlier in the day that prevented us from really getting a good read on the car prior to qualifying. In qualifying, we had our challenges but we stepped up. Not exactly happy with P8, but not overly disappointed either. We can work from there and hopefully tomorrow we can move the DHL car forward and challenge for a podium.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda will start the race from ninth place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was an okay qualifying. We’re missing two-tenths (of a second) to the top-Honda and that’s not because of anything major. The NAPA AUTO PARTS car is in the window, but we’re going up against four cars from the other side who have a bit of an advantage here. We’ll just have to keep plugging away and maximize our opportunities tomorrow.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda will start the race from 11th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Hindsight is 20/20. I just wish we wouldn’t have used the second set (of tires) in Q1 because we were just handcuffed on used tires in Q2 against everybody on new (tires). We didn’t need the second set, the UFD car was fast enough on the first and we did it and that’s all we had. We had used tires in Q2 and that’s what it came down to. I think if we would’ve had new we would’ve been alright.
It was a very disappointing qualifying for Takuma Sato in the No.26 Honda as the Japanese driver will start the race from the back of the grid in 22nd place. Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Disappointing qualifying. The car didn’t seem to work as well as we planned it at all. Maybe some issues, we need to look at the data. I did try pretty hard with the driving but it was just a rough time. It just didn’t come at all.