ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 4, 2009) - Andretti Green Racing drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh qualified for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this afternoon under a blue sky and a dry track. Patrick,...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 4, 2009) - Andretti Green Racing drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh qualified for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this afternoon under a blue sky and a dry track.
Patrick, driver of the #7 Motorola car, will start in the 15th position and posted a best-lap speed of 103.141 miles per hour. Kanaan, driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven entry, will start third with a best-lap speed of 103.746 miles per hour. Andretti, driver of the #26 oso*fresh car, turned a best-lap speed of 102.264 miles per hour and will start in the 18th position. Mutoh, who drives the #27 Formula Dream car, will start behind Andretti in the 19th position. Mutoh's best lap-speed was 102.321 miles per hour.
Danica Patrick: "I can't believe how close the qualifying order is in time. It just goes to show how deep the field is this year. I wish I would have had a few more laps on the first run, because I think I would have been able to get into the top-12 but I didn't. The Motorola car is much better than it was yesterday, so hopefully we are able to get the car up to the front and stay there tomorrow."
Tony Kanaan: "It was a pretty good day for us. We worked on the car very hard, but we were not sure if we had a top-three car this morning. After the first qualifying session we worked on the changes we needed and were able to improve the car. I am very pleased with the qualifying result but now we need to focus on the race."
Marco Andretti: "I'm definitely disappointed in our qualifying result. With the balance our car had today it just didn't favor the new alternate tires. Unfortunately, we didn't know what the alternates were going to do until we tried them during qualifying. Now we know for the future, but this really hurt us today."
Hideki Mutoh: "We made the mistake of putting the alternate tires on at the start of our qualifying run instead of closer to the end. I also made contact with the wall at one point and that didn't help. But hopefully we can make better decisions tomorrow during the race that will put us in a better position at the end of the race."