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2014 St. Petersburg: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Mar 30, 2014 - 04:24 AM
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2014 St. Petersburg: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap

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Qualifying Report: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg


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Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
Will start from the third position for tomorrow's 110-lap race

Started 8th and finished 18th in the 2013 Grand Prix of St. Pete, with a best finish at this track in 2009 (second place)
"Definitely a strong start, it was a fun qualifying session - when the track is changing conditions like that all the time you're searching for grip and every lap is different. I really enjoyed that. We got into the (Firestone) Fast 6 on reds, had a bit of an electrical problem there we had to sort out, so maybe missed the peak. But it was good to come back and qualify third after the practices we've had. It's definitely a bright spot in the weekend so far. We're ready tomorrow and it should be a good race."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

Qualified in the Firestone Fast Six today and will roll off from the sixth position tomorrow
Took the green flag from the seventh grid position on the streets of St. Pete in 2013

"In que two I went out on the used black (tires) and it was pretty tricky for the first couple laps until the temps came up, but a dry line started pretty quickly after that. As long as you kept it on the dry line things were alright... We have to consider more than weather, it's the first race back and with a new engine, we don't really know as far as fuel mileage and stuff how we'll do until warm up. There's a lot to sort of see how it plays out, not sure what to expect but hopefully a good day and we can keep the track position. We were able to save a set of reds for the race which will be good."

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda

Will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut from P7

Highest qualifying rookie in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete starting field
"It was a fine, fine qualifying. We started the session on rain tires and then changed to slicks (Firestone Reds). We were out of the top six by less than one-tenth of a second. Anyways, I think seventh is a good position to start tomorrow. My main goal is to stay there the whole race, try not to make any mistakes and just take it step by step."

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

Will start tomorrow's race from the 19th position
Started the 2013 Grand Prix of St. Pete in the 20th position and brought him his first career victory

"I made sure that the 27 crew has our work cut out for us, that's for sure. Really mad at myself. Conditions were obviously tricky, but I just lost it. It's a real shame because the guys have done such a good job, we were quick in the dry, quick in the wet until my spin, the United Fiber & Data Honda deserved to be higher up today. But when the going gets tough, the tough get it done anyway. We've got the pace so hopefully some good strategy will see us come good tomorrow."

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