Newman/Haas Racing Friday report

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TELEMUNDO DRIVER SERVIA SEVENTH IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA; SPROTT DRIVER HINCHCLIFFE NINTH

Oriol Servia, Newman/Haas Racing
Oriol Servia, Newman/Haas Racing

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Oriol Servia, No. 2 Telemundo Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The day started strange; we are still trying to figure out what happened. The Grand-Am series ran in the morning and all day yesterday and there was a lot of different rubber on the track that we thought wasn’t going to effect us too much. But the truth is that in the first session, both of our cars were very, very different to what they were at the test and the setup was the same. Not only were we slow but the cars didn’t feel the same. We changed the Telemundo car a little bit for the second session but it got a lot better. We think it was just that the track got cleaner when it rained and it became a lot closer to how it was at the test and we were a lot closer to the guys at the front like we were at the test. We didn’t get to run a second set of tires in the second session like some guys did so I think we are closer to where we were at the test – fifth or so. There is still more in the Telemundo car. Its only Friday so we hope to keep improving for qualifying and the race which is were the points are given.”

James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think we had a respectable first day. Obviously we came here with different conditions than we had at the test, other series were here and the weather is different. We struggled a little bit this morning in the first practice but the guys worked really hard in a very short break between sessions and we made big improvements on the cars. For the first day on the job as an Indy car driver getting a top-10 in practice for the Sprott car is pretty good. I think there is a little bit more time in it but it’s just so competitive. I sit here and think ‘Man, I wish we could be a couple of spots higher’ and then I look at the names of the guys who are a couple of spots higher and think ‘No wait, I shouldn’t be any where near this.’ The racer in me wants a little bit more but realistically I think the Sprott team had a really good first day. Thank you to the team for all of the hard work today.”

-source: nhr

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