St. Pete: Andretti Autosport qualifying report

MARCO ANDRETTI, ...

MARCO ANDRETTI, #26 TEAM VENOM ENERGY DRINK CAR
* Qualified for the Firestone Fast Six; will start sixth on Sunday

"After where we were starting last year we obviously have to be happy to have the Venom car in the Firestone Fast Six. We made the right calls in the first two sessions and then had a slight error in set up on the last run. We just couldn't get the speed we needed for Pole but I'm still pleased with where we're starting. Andretti Autosport is starting to show some pace and it's great to see Tony in the front row."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #37 TEAM IZOD CAR
* Qualified seventh and will start on the inside of Row 4

"We're disappointed with seventh and that means the IZOD team has a pretty strong effort going. We missed out on making the Firestone Fast Six by just thousandths of a second and missed being in the top three by half-a-tenth. It's just ridiculously close and that's the way I felt it would be. We'll go out and do what we did in Brazil. We'll do a good solid race, the guys will do great stops and we'll work our way to the front. The Andretti cars are obviously strong; Marco and Tony are right up there with us and that is good to see."

TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN CAR
* Will start on the outside of the front row on Sunday

"I knew qualifying was going to be tough, but I have to thank Michael Andretti and (race engineer) Pete Gibbons because we made the right calls and made the right changes. It's only a perfect lap when you put it on the pole, but that was a perfect lap for that car. I'm happy and I'm happy for the 7-Eleven team."

DANICA PATRICK, #7 TEAM GoDaddy.com CAR
* Will start 21st on Sunday

"It's really amazing how close the starting grid is. My lap time isn't too far off, but I'm starting in the back of the field. The GoDaddy car is stronger than the times show, so hopefully we have a result that shows just that."

-source: aa

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Series IndyCar
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