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2014 Sonoma: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Aug 24, 2014 - 08:16 AM
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2014 Sonoma: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
• Making his eighth Firestone Fast Six appearance of the season, the Canadian will start from the fourth position tomorrow
• Started ninth and finished eighth in the 2013 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma


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"We had a rough day, both practice sessions we were really battling a problem with the brakes, I spun five times - I spun twice on the same lap at one point, so it wasn't looking good. But that's why I love this team, we just put our heads down and didn't let it get to us. The guys gave me a great car for qualifying... From where we were and the amount of times I ended up backwards today, I'm really happy to have the United Fiber & Data car starting on the second row tomorrow."

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda
• 22-year-old will start tomorrow's 17th round of competition from the ninth position
• Tomorrow's race will mark the Colombian's first race on the wine country circuit

"Qualifying went okay. It's a shame we didn't get in to the Firestone Fast Six - all the times were so close, less than one-tenth. During my last lap on the Firestone reds, I was going faster to get into the top six and I just lost the rear and lost that quick time. Track position is really important here, and we're starting ninth so it's an okay position. Tomorrow we have a long race ahead. It's IndyCar: anything is possible. The main goal is to finish the race and take away big points."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
• Topped the charts for today's practice sessions on the 2.385-mile road course
• Will take the grid in the 10th position for tomorrow's 85-lap race

"We were going for pole and we gambled on something really big on the setup. We just took a really big, aggressive move on it and the car just wouldn't take it. Unfortunately we're at the point now where we can start getting creative with our approach. Two races left - we basically have to win them both and the Penskes have to DNF, so we're going for it. To be starting 10th is a shame and we'll have to make it up tomorrow. We'll have to pass cars on the track, pass in pit lane and also have a good strategy to go along with it. Fingers crossed - it's going to be a long race tomorrow, everyone will have their hands full. We're a bit disappointed where we're sitting now, but we can make it up tomorrow in the DHL car."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda
• Finished a career best of fifth in the 2013 IndyCar Series points standings
• Recorded his first career victory at the Sonoma Raceway in 2006

"I came up over a blind rise and there was a car stopped right on my sight line which put me way off line and we lost the nine-hundreths we needed to transfer into the top 12. The race car will fine, but it's Sonoma - it's hard to pass. We're going to need a yellow fest like last year. I started 11th and finished fourth last year with yellows and good restarts. But if it runs green the whole time, we might be in trouble."

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