Elkhart Lake: Ryan Hunter-Reay Saturday qualifying report

Hunter-Reay and the Hylton Motorsports crew were back to their usual form today, as they were the second quickest car in this afternoon's qualifying session. Thunderstorms washed out most of the morning session; Hunter-Reay completed five laps ...

Hunter-Reay and the Hylton Motorsports crew were back to their usual form today, as they were the second quickest car in this afternoon's qualifying session. Thunderstorms washed out most of the morning session; Hunter-Reay completed five laps looking to get a feel for the changes his crew made to the car over night. Unfortunately, the track was too wet and the session was not beneficial for the #1 Briggs & Stratton crew. The skies cleared for qualifying but the strong winds presided throughout the final qualifying session. Hunter-Reay returned to the pits during the only full course caution, which occurred halfway through the session due to Alex Figge's off-course excursion. Taking advantage of the caution, Hunter-Reay took four fresh tires and a minor adjustment to the rear shocks before returning to the track for his final charge to the front. He was successful, as he set the fastest time of the session and remained on top until the final lap when he ran into traffic on his flier, finishing the day second quick. Prior to the traffic at the final turn, Hunter-Reay's final lap was six tenths faster than his previous lap. He jumped from 15th to eighth on the grid for tomorrow's event.

Hunter-Reay on Friday Qualifying:
"We are struggling with understeer just a little bit actually, but that little bit will kill you around here. If we solve that, we will be right in there for sure. We were on our way to a victory for Briggs & Stratton in Milwaukee, I just hope we can do it for them here."

Hunter-Reay on Saturday Qualifying:
"We made massive improvements to the car overnight, it is a completely different car than we ran yesterday. I moved from 15th yesterday to second today, and I think that is a better representation of where the Briggs & Stratton car should be. I would have been p.1, my final lap was faster than my fastest lap, but I ran up on some traffic and was tangled in that going into the final turn and lost a bit of time there. I am really looking forward to racing from 8th to the front tomorrow, I did it in Portland and Toronto, where I started eight and finish fourth, I am going to do my best to better than tomorrow and go for the win."

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Alex Figge