Andretti Autosport drivers on qualifying at Toronto

Ryan Hunter-Reay will start form the seventh position, Marco Andretti is on the 11th position, while James Hinchcliffe and E.J. Viso starts form 14th and 15th respectively

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 Indy Toronto winner and series champion, topped the speed charts in today's morning practice session with the No. 1 DHL Chevy. After advancing through the first round of qualifying, Hunter-Reay was running on pace to advance to the Firestone Fast Six and contend for the pole when the No. 14 car slowed in front of Hunter-Reay and then found its way to the tires in Turn 1 bringing out a red flag. Hunter-Reay lost his fast lap and will grid from the seventh position for his first career standing start.

"It's frustrating. We had a great car today; we led the first practice. I'd like to thank the guys, the crew on the No. 1 DHL team for giving me a great car - I'd like to thank (Takuma) Sato for knocking us out of the session again today. It's unfortunate but we'll be fighting again tomorrow, we'll be fighting again on Sunday... it's just out of our control so what do you do? We'll just pack up and hope for a better day tomorrow."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet1
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet1

Photo by: Rebecca McKay

On concerns of hand injuries... "It's a concern for sure - it's part of it. We don't have any power steering at all in these cars, and when you get into an issue where you touch a wall or get in to it with another car the wheel will whip around and a lot of guys are hurting their thumbs, tearing ligaments and stuff like that. Certainly not a fun situation and not fun driving with it here at Toronto."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Dr Pepper Chevrolet

Marco Andretti, behind the wheel of the Dr Pepper Chevy this weekend, will make tomorrow's standing start from the 11th position. Andretti's last standing start in competition came in Surfer's Paradise during the V8 race in 2012.

"You always want to do your laps in the end, but I'm sure I'm in the same boat as everyone else so I can't use that final red flag as an excuse. We tried something for the second qualifying round that didn't really help, so it's a bummer for the Dr Pepper crew. I think the race tomorrow will come down to attrition. Mistakes will be made during the race, but hopefully not from us. Hopefully there isn't too much carnage, but there might be with the first standing starts. I think the fans are going to be in for a good show."

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet

Hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe just missed advancing to the second round of qualifying today and will start from the 14th position for tomorrow's 85-lap event. His best finish on the streets of Toronto came in 2011 when he crossed the line 14th. Tomorrow will be Hinchcliffe's third Indy Toronto start.

James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet

Photo by: Rebecca McKay

"This is certainly not the way we wanted qualifying to go. I feel bad for all the fans here (they) deserved better than that, but we'll put our heads down tomorrow. It's a long race and I know we'll have a good car... we missed it by less than a tenth (of a second) to get through (to the Firestone Fast Six) and its heart breaking to miss it by so little. But it's a long race and this is a track you can pass on and you can plan strategy to your advantage, so fingers crossed that when it counts when the points are paying tomorrow we'll be at the right end."

E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet

Making his first standing start since racing GP2 in 2007, E.J. Viso will start the first of two races on the streets of downtown Toronto in P15. The 28-year-old from Caracas looks to improve on his best finish of ninth on the 1.75-mile temporary street circuit. "Qualifying for Race One didn't go as expected. I believe we had good potential of going to the (Firestone) Fast Six, but it didn't happen. We'll have a second chance tomorrow and I think for the second race we can do good. We've shown in so many splits that we had the speed to be in the top three."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti , James Hinchcliffe
Teams Andretti Autosport
Article type Qualifying report
Tags andretti autosport, ej viso, james hinchcliffe, marco andretti, ryan hunter reay, toronto