Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 Indy Toronto winner and series champion, topped the speed charts in today's morning practice session with the No. 1 DHL Chevy. After advancing through the first round of qualifying, Hunter-Reay was running on pace to advance to the Firestone Fast Six and contend for the pole when the No. 14 car slowed in front of Hunter-Reay and then found its way to the tires in Turn 1 bringing out a red flag. Hunter-Reay lost his fast lap and will grid from the seventh position for his first career standing start.
"It's frustrating. We had a great car today; we led the first practice. I'd like to thank the guys, the crew on the No. 1 DHL team for giving me a great car - I'd like to thank (Takuma) Sato for knocking us out of the session again today. It's unfortunate but we'll be fighting again tomorrow, we'll be fighting again on Sunday... it's just out of our control so what do you do? We'll just pack up and hope for a better day tomorrow."
Marco Andretti, No. 25 Dr Pepper Chevrolet
Marco Andretti, behind the wheel of the Dr Pepper Chevy this weekend, will make tomorrow's standing start from the 11th position. Andretti's last standing start in competition came in Surfer's Paradise during the V8 race in 2012.
"You always want to do your laps in the end, but I'm sure I'm in the same boat as everyone else so I can't use that final red flag as an excuse. We tried something for the second qualifying round that didn't really help, so it's a bummer for the Dr Pepper crew. I think the race tomorrow will come down to attrition. Mistakes will be made during the race, but hopefully not from us. Hopefully there isn't too much carnage, but there might be with the first standing starts. I think the fans are going to be in for a good show."
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet
Hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe just missed advancing to the second round of qualifying today and will start from the 14th position for tomorrow's 85-lap event. His best finish on the streets of Toronto came in 2011 when he crossed the line 14th. Tomorrow will be Hinchcliffe's third Indy Toronto start.
E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet
Making his first standing start since racing GP2 in 2007, E.J. Viso will start the first of two races on the streets of downtown Toronto in P15. The 28-year-old from Caracas looks to improve on his best finish of ninth on the 1.75-mile temporary street circuit. "Qualifying for Race One didn't go as expected. I believe we had good potential of going to the (Firestone) Fast Six, but it didn't happen. We'll have a second chance tomorrow and I think for the second race we can do good. We've shown in so many splits that we had the speed to be in the top three."