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2014 Houston: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Practice Recap
Posted by: newsla on Jun 28, 2014 - 07:04 AM
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2014 Houston: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Practice Recap
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda • Hold a best start of sixth place in Houston during Race One of the 2013 Doubleheader • Currently sits 11th in the championship points standings


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"I think the car feels almost as good as it can here. This is a bumpy, tricky place that is really tough on the cars, really tough on the drivers, no chance to rest with lots of bumps throwing us around ... but I think the United Fiber & Data car was pretty solid both sessions. I think, like a lot of guys, we didn't get the best out of the tires when we needed to just because of traffic and the nature of a small racetrack. It's tough here, you never quite know how you are just because the car never feels 100% but it might be better than everyone else's, so you might be pretty quick. I think we're in the ballpark. The goal is get into the Firestone Fast Six in the morning and then be able to race from there. We'll make a couple changes overnight, but nothing too major because I think we're getting close."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda

• Enters the weekend ranked third in the Verizon IndyCar Series points rankings

• Started fifth in the 2013 Grand Prix of Houston Race Two and will qualify in the second group tomorrow

"We never really got into a rhythm, never really got a good feel for the DHL car so I'm not sure what we have for tomorrow. With that s aid, I think being 10th without a representative lap is good. I think we're a fifth-place car at the moment but we need to make it better fortomorrow."

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda

• Colombian remains highest-ranked rookie (sixth) after eight rounds of competition

• Finishes the day P15 over two practice sessions

• 22-year-old's best finish on a temporary street course is third (Long Beach, 2014)

"I think today was similar to a lot of the first practice days (at a track) we've had this year. It's about getting more comfortable with the track with the more laps I do. Our second practice was a little bit better than this morning; I have to improve a little bit to catch up for qualifyingtomorrow. For sure it's going to be a very hard race being so hot, but it will be the same for everyone, so we'll see."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

• Started from the fourth position in Houston's 2013 Race Two

• Sits fifth in the points standing with a best finish this season of second (Barber)

"Not a bad day for the Snapple car. I think we weren't even close to our potential in the second session - we had yellows (yellow flag caution time) and then made a change that put us backwards. I think with new tires and the car that we started practice two with we'd be pretty good."

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