Motegi: Andretti Autosport qualifying report

MARCO ANDRETTI, ...

MARCO ANDRETTI, #26 TEAM VENOM ENERGY DRINK CAR
* Led Andretti Autosport in qualifying and will start fifth

"From where we had the Venom car balanced, we were able to benefit from the weather getting a bit cooler. We gained some grip and the car really came to us. Qualifying is important here, and overall, we were pleased with our run. This is a tough track to pass on -- you really have to work through Turns 3 and 4. I think if you look you'll see the field is super-close from first to last, so even the guys running a bit off pace will be tough to pass."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #37 TEAM IZOD CAR
* Will start seventh tomorrow

"That was a pretty good run. We went a little conservative, which was a good thing, and the IZOD car was still really quick. We needed that. I need to thank my teammates for the help with the setup today. We all worked really well together. I think that's a good thing going into next year. It seems everybody is working well together."

TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN CAR
* Qualified sixth

"I'm happy with that run. That was decent. We got the most out of the car. I'm really happy with the way the team worked this weekend. We really worked together and when that happens, it's a lot more fun."

DANICA PATRICK, #7 TEAM GoDaddy.com CAR
* Qualified 12th for Sunday's race

"The GoDaddy car felt good out there. Qualifying is important here because it's not that easy to pass, so we'll just have to see. The only thing that didn't feel perfect was the downshifting in Turns 3 and 4, so we may need to look at some things there. I didn't go any faster in qualifying than I did in practice, so we'll need to figure out what made us lose a little bit of speed this afternoon."

-source: andretti autosport

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Series IndyCar
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