GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS, QUALIFYING REPORT
Today’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a flurry of track activity as the Verizon IndyCar Series took to the 2.439-mile circuit to qualify for tomorrow’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The UK-native Justin Wilson led the way for the Andretti Autosport quartet and will roll off from the 18th grid position tomorrow. 2014 podium finisher Ryan Hunter-Reay will start alongside Wilson in 19th with Carlos Muñoz and Marco Andretti starting 21st and 24th, respectively. The 82-lap event, scheduled to go green just before 4 p.m. ET, could see an exciting mix up as forecasts call heavily for chances of scattered showers.
The second running of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis will kick off with LIVE broadcast coverage on ABC starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you can’t make it to the television, listen along with the broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, on SiriusXM (XM Ch. 209, Sirius Ch. 213) and IndyCar.com.
NO. 25 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA
“We went out on black tires for the first run and I felt so loose, I thought we over shot this run, but we seem to be on one side of the balance and can’t seem to find that sweet spot right in the middle. When we put the Firestone red tires on the car, it brought the balance to life and we actually started to roll some speed into the corners and we started to get some grip. It was good, I just wish we could be a fraction quicker. We’re pushing, we’re trying hard and we have been behind all weekend, but we’re trying to catch up. I’ve been really happy with our tire life, so I’m hoping that is going to continue into race day and play in our favor so we’ll have a good consistent car.”
NO. 28 DHL HONDA
“We’re just struggling as a team right now and have got to put our heads together tonight. We’ve really been struggling with the balance of the car since we rolled of the truck; no idea really how to fix it at the moment. We’re going to have to put our heads together tonight as a four car team and make the most of it. Andretti Autosport is pretty good at doing that so we can still have a great race tomorrow — we just have to keep our heads down. It’s been a frustrating start to the weekend though.”
NO. 26 ANDRETTITV / CINSAY HONDA
“Another really hard day for us. I don’t have much to say — we just don’t have the speed. We’re struggling a lot, so tomorrow we will have to make another big risk in the race as we did in Barber. Let’s hope that it works.”
NO. 27 SNAPPLE HONDA
“This is the biggest struggle we’ve had in a while. Normally we can see our way out — I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel right now, it’s disappointing. I enjoy the track, but it’s hard to fully enjoy it with where we are sitting right now.”