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2012 Baltimore: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Sep 01, 2012 - 07:42 PM
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2012 Baltimore: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap

James Hinchcliffe, Team GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, No. 27

Hinchcliffe and Team Go Daddy returned to the Firestone Fast Six today, the first appearance in the top-qualifying group for the No. 27 Chevy since racing on the streets of Brazil. The Canadian qualified sixth for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Baltimore.


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"Good to be back (in the Firestone Fast Six) I guess. We have had a bit of drop in performance. Some of it self induced some of it bad luck in a couple places. Its great to be back here in Baltimore. This event was such a success last year, and we were very happy that the race could be saved and Andretti Sport Marketing stepped up and to help kick it off. We had a bit of an interesting day yesterday just sort of dealing with some of things you deal with in a street circuit. I think everybody cooperated well and communicated well and I think that was important. Now we have a race track that I think we are pretty cool to being able to race on. And so with a little bit of the practice that we had, being a little wet this morning, we are pleased with what we were able to come up with for the Go Daddy Chevy."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, No. 28
Hunter-Reay qualified 13th for tomorrow's 85-lap race through the streets of Baltimore. Although the Chevy-powered DHL/Sun Drop machine had the speed needed, the No. 28 team found themselves short of qualifying time today after a red flag was brought out for the No. 38 car of Graham Rahal, expiring the session time.

"We can manage this. Now we have two new sets of reds (Firestone alternate tires) and there are some (drivers with) engine penalties in front of us. We can manage it, but we really stepped on our own foot today. That's what you get for going out the latest. We went out latest out of anybody and gave ourselves absolutely no margin for error on a red flag happening. It's part of the qualifying risk on street courses. You don't find this on ovals, more on street circuits. It's part of the beast, you wait until the last possible moment to get the most rubber down on the track and obviously get the best lap time out of the car, and we got bit by that. But, this is the first time we'll have two sets of new reds (for the race) in along time so maybe that will be to our advantage. We have to look at the positives and this DHL/Sun Drop team has become really good at doing that lately."

Marco Andretti, Team Dr Pepper TEN Chevrolet, No. 26

Andretti qualified his No. 26 Chevy 20th for tomorrow's race.

"We are just struggling a bit with set up and couldn't get the car to rotate, so that's where we lost time. I think tonight we'll look at going to a set up closer to what Hinch (teammate James Hinchcliffe) is running and hopefully be ready to make up some spots tomorrow for the Dr Pepper TEN car."

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