VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING – QUALIFYING
SPOILER ALERT: This Qualifying Report covers Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying from the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. While the qualifying session took place this afternoon, coverage will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m. Eastern. If you are not yet prepared to discover the results of today’s qualifying, we recommend saving this report for future reading.
Upstate New York’s Watkins Glen International played host today to qualifying for tomorrow’s 60-lap INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen. Blue skies and soft breeze brought perfect racing conditions for both on-track activity and today’s fan autograph session. With qualifying in the books, the Andretti Four will now look to race day where Alexander Rossi, Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay will line up 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th, respectively.
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No. 98 Castrol EDGE / Curb Honda
“We made big improvements overnight and had a top five car this morning. The first run on blacks (primary tire) felt about as I expected it, but on the reds (alternate tire) we completely lost the balance. It’s very surprising, very disappointing and a huge mystery at the moment.”
No. 26 hhgregg Honda
“I feel like we’re getting worse and worse. We changed some stuff but we just didn’t get it right. The reds didn’t affect us, maybe for the lap time but it was really hard to go through the group. Tomorrow we have to be a little aggressive on the strategy and hope that it works.”
No. 27 United Fiber & Data / Snapple Honda
“We didn’t get to really show what we had – even though I think wrung-out we’re not very good. I think honestly the only one I could have beaten was my teammate (Carlos Munoz). I was on a lap to beat him but then it went yellow. So we could have been 16th instead of 18th… But big deal.”
No. 28 DHL Honda
“We just haven’t been able to find the grip; it’s been very inconsistent. You really have to lean on the car. It’s not really giving us what we want – none of cars have been very happy this weekend. I had high hopes coming in here. We had a pretty decent test and then we came off qualifying fourth at Mid-Ohio – top Honda – you’d think we’d come in here, to another road course and be able to transfer that. I really want to get a good result here for DHL over the weekend. We still have a shot, but we’ve been struggling with the car. Again tonight, we’re going to make some big changes to it and we’ll see how it goes. It’s great to be here at Watkins Glen and seeing all fans turn out. This facility is amazing and this is my 200th start so we hope to have a good weekend. Hopefully we get this ship turned around and find that paddle.”