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2014 Indianapolis GP: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on May 10, 2014 - 06:44 AM
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2014 Indianapolis GP: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda

• Made his fourth consecutive Firestone Fast Six appearance and will start tomorrow'srace from the third position -- his fourth consecutive top-three start for the 2014 season


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• Had posted a time placing him on target for the Verizon P1 Award when standing water in Turn 14 sent the No. 28 into a spin, colliding with the wall as he entered the front straight and resulting in a red flag

"I t could have been worse. We are still starting third. When it's wet like that you are just hydroplaning, and at times you can catch it and at other times you can't. Fine line between getting the lap right and doing what happened there (with the crash). It's all part of it, it's definitely a set back because we have to put the car back together, but we're still starting up front for, what looks like, is going to be a sunny day tomorrow."

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

• Advanced from the first qualifying segment and placed the United Fiber & Data car into the 11th grid position for tomorrow's 82-lap race

"It's the toughest conditions - wet, dry, wet, dry. It makes it difficult to decide where to go with the car, and ultimately, I just didn't get it done. There's really no excuse; it's pretty disappointing. We were quicker than that in practice, quicker than that during the first round of qualifying. The way it worked out, it is what it is. We had a quick car in the drag, and I think we showed that, not only this morning, but in the first round of qualifying. The United Fiber & Data guys and I just need to keep our heads down and plan to move forward in the race."

On if he feels he's had enough track time:

"It's always tricky. We had a test day, which certainly helps a lot. When you come to a new circuit, you're trying to do a lot in a little amount of time. Normally you come to a place and you've got decades worth of data to go back on in case you don't think you've got enough track time, and here we don't. We're trying to do a lot with a little - all the teams are. Like I said, I think the Andretti Autosport guys are doing a really good job; all the cars have been quick, and I think we know what we need to do tomorrow."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

• Just missed advancing out of the first qualifying segment by .0075 seconds

• Will make tomorrow's standing start from the 13th grid position

"Obviously I'm not very happy (with the outcome). I think it was a team decision to go out because we were worried about the weather. We plateaued too early and the car got better at the end, so we're sitting on the outside looking in on this hundredth of a second... I'm losing sleep over this. (The rain during the session) I think it threw off our strategy a bit as we rushed and went out a bit early. When the track was at its best, we had already plateaued so it's a bummer."

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda

• Colombian starts from P19 for tomorrow's 200-mile inaugural race

"I don't really know what happened during qualifying. The Cinsay car wasn't bad - I was feeling more or less good with the car, just the time game came into play. It was my worst qualifying of the year. Tomorrow is a long race; we'll have to work tonight to see what happened during qualifying and make it better for tomorrow."

Franck Montagny, No. 26 Suretone Honda

• Franck the Tank will make his single-seater car debut after a six-year hiatus tomorrowfor the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis

" I was out at the beginning but I saw the rain coming, and I said 'okay I'll keep my eyes on my back tires'. I came in, put the reds on and got out on the straightaway. I thought there was a chance for me after that, but there wasn't once the rain stopped. Most guys here are tough you know, they have been here for ages and they know the car perfectly. I'm not too disappointed about my pace. I'm like two tenths off Marco, which is a good reference here with this championship. But to tell you the truth, it has been six years since I've been in single-seater car. It's not a baby championship; it's the big guys out there. I'll do the best I cantomorrow; I've got a very good team behind me so the race will be better."

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