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2014 Sonoma: Andretti Autosport Indy Lights Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Aug 23, 2014 - 07:01 AM
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2014 Sonoma: Andretti Autosport Indy Lights Qualifying Recap

Matthew Brabham, No. 83 United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED
• Series rookie is coming off his fourth podium finish (Milwaukee, second)
• Will roll off the grid for Race One from the fifth position on the 2.385-mile circuit


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"It's been a struggle for us the whole time we've been here in Sonoma really. Since we were out on track, we haven't had the pace as the other teams, especially Schmidt - they just seem to have found something that we haven't. We're still looking; I think we made improvements and I think we're headed down the right track. I think we've just not started on the right foot and we've been playing catch-up the whole weekend. I think we've got to go back, review how qualifying went and hopefully we can make the improvements we need for the race and move forward."

Zach Veach, No. 26 RePLAY XD
• 19-year-old is the latest Indy Lights race winner with the victory at Milwaukee last week
• Qualified in the seventh position for Race One at Sonoma Raceway

"Overall, today we are a little disappointed. We're coming here to Sonoma after winning Milwaukee, and we definitely need a good qualifying place to keep fighting for the championship. I think we are a little behind on the car; Matt (Brabham) and I are both working extremely hard to get things figured out for tomorrow. Both of us would like to be starting a little further ahead. We've got two races here, so we've just got to chip away at it one day at a time and hopefully we can still take the championship win in the RePLAY XD car."


Shelby Blackstock, No. 28 Starstruck
• Series sophomore was seen as high as fourth before an oil line issue caused the No. 28 car to overheat on the last lap
• 24-year-old came to the twin checkers in the fifth position

"Today was icing on the cake of our bad luck season. We were off on the first practice, qualifying we did pretty well with a P6, especially from where we were when we started the weekend. In the race we moved up to P4, everything was going good and I heard a pop in the back of the car and the car went into a limp mode for a couple seconds and the temperature skyrocketed; it was the last lap, so I had to finish it. Unfortunately we might have hurt the motor. For the way our season's gone, I was pretty happy with fourth - I would have liked to have gotten on the podium, but in the end, that's just the way our luck has been this year. Hopefully we can finally turn this bad luck around and hope for some good. Big thanks to the entire Andretti Autosport crew and the No. 28 Starstruck guys for all their hard work every weekend."

Garett Grist, No. 27 Lander Property Management/DaVinci Foods
• Canadian brought home the No. 27 machine in the 15th position
• As of Milwaukee, the rookie was fifth in the championship points fight

"Today... well we've just not had the pace all weekend. We've tried different setups - nothing has worked. I've tried a lot of things, but we just don't have it. We'll look at everything tonight and see what we can fix for tomorrow."

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