Newman/Haas Racing qualifying report

Birmingham

TELEMUNDO DRIVER SERVIA TO START SIXTH IN THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA; SPROTT DRIVER HINCHCLIFFE TO START EIGHTH IN HIS SERIES DEBUT

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

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Oriol Servia, No. 2 Telemundo Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We are very happy to get the Telemundo car into the Firestone Fast Six. In St. Pete, we thought we had the speed in the morning before qualifying and then we just got a little lost for qualifying and kind of messed it up so I am very happy that we got both Newman/Haas cars in the top eight here. That’s great for the team. Here, we were able to keep our minds on the game and tried to anticipate qualifying and the car felt good. We still are not where this team has been before in terms of performance but we are definitely closer so I am very happy we are starting towards the front with the fast guys. It has been good so far and we want more. The team has put a huge amount of effort into the whole program over the winter. With the commitment that Carl Haas showed to the team and the IndyCar Series over the winter, I am happy to be able to give them a good performance today. We got Telemundo on board in St. Pete and it’s great to make them happy with a strong starting position.”

James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Its one of those things where you say ‘Man I’m only a tenth (of a second) out of the fast six. I could have been there.’ But then you say ‘It’s my first race and I’m only a tenth out of the fast six.’ We are super-happy with how the session went for the Sprott team and we are really happy that Oriol made it into the Firestone Fast Six. It’s one of those things that says a lot about the cars that Newman/Haas Racing brought here. We didn’t unload great and we have done a lot of work and the cars have gotten really good so the team deserves a lot of credit. For me it was just a matter of getting used to the red Firestone alternate tires. It’s a big difference and that is the first time I have ever had a chance to drive on them. I was really lucky that we got out of that first group and got a second change to give it a go in Round 2. I’m very happy that the Sprott car is starting in the top-10 for the race tomorrow.”

-source: nhr

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