Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda will start Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway from fifth place on the grid.
The Colombian set a two lap average qualifying speed of 219.647mph and will start the race just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda. Speaking following the session, Munoz commented by saying:
I wasn’t sure if our run was going to be enough to get the pole, but it was nice to be the second (car) out. You have to wait for the whole field to go, but you get to give information to your teammates. It would be good to be in the front, for sure, but here it is a long race so qualifying (position) is not as important. I think we have a good car all around and I love this place.
Indianapolis 500 winner and Sunoco rookie points leader Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol/EDGE Honda will start the race from seventh place just ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power. Rossi set a two lap qualifying average speed of 219.326mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I think at the (Indianapolis Motor) Speedway we were strong, and here we seem to be strong. The Honda package has really been developed over the winter coming into this year so the results of that are strong and we’re very proud. It seems to be very suited for the speedways. Glad to see Honda hold onto P1. Hopefully we can have a good day tomorrow.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber & Data/Snapple Honda will start the race from 13th place just behind Jack Hawksworth in the No.41 ABC Supply Co Honda and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I think in race trim the car is strong, but my car hasn’t had the same speed as, say, my teammates really on speedway spec this year – even from Indy. But the race is a different story, it’s 500 miles and a lot goes down there. We’ll hopefully be on the better end of circumstances and pull something out tomorrow for the UFD / Snapple team.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda was unable to take part in the session following his accident in this morning’s practice session and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
“I’m a bit banged up, sore, what you’d expect from a hit like that. It’s really unfortunate because this DHL Honda was a rocket here in the test just a week and a half ago. We came with a few different things in the car, but really we found that the real issue was just a cross-weight issue. The car was just mechanically a little bit too aggressive. We could have made qualifying, but the battle is that if you don’t make your space in line in tech, then you’re not allowed to qualify. This is the location of our last win, and hopefully we can get this 28 DHL car back into victory lane. Last year we came from the back as well, hopefully we can make it happen with Justin (Wilson) on our minds the whole way. It’s unfortunate but tomorrow’s the race and it’s 500 miles… And the backup car we went to is the car we won with here last year.”