Andretti Autosport qualifying report

Andretti Autosport qualifying report

Sao Paulo

Story Highlights

  • Hunter-Reay just misses pole in Brazil
  • 2nd consecutive front row start in 2011
  • Andretti Autosport hopes for victory

We have our work cut out for us tomorrow but anything's possible.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Will start tomorrow's race in P15

"I think the Venom car is stronger than our qualifying results showed today. We didn't get a solid, strong lap in and had a mistake on the track and that really hurt us in the end. Track position is obviously important on a road course, but luckily there are some decent passing zones here. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow but anything's possible."

Qualified in 9th position

"The car felt okay really, I thought we'd be up a bit further with the Window World Cares car maybe in the Firestone Fast Six, but the last lap I screwed up in the last corner. We could have gone quicker but don't think we could have gone right up to the front. We're obviously not that far up so we'll do our homework tonight and see what the other guys tried and come out a bit stronger tomorrow. Anything can happen in the race. Overall not too unhappy we're in the top 10 and we can do something from there."

Starts the race in the front row in P2

Danica Patrick, Andretti Autosport
Danica Patrick, Andretti Autosport

Photo by: Bob Heathcote

"The guys did a great job with the DHL/Sun Drop car, and it was a lot of fun out here all day. As quick as the scheduling was with the sessions - qualifying being the same day as our first practice session - we had to stay on our toes but I think that suited us. Unfortunately we didn't get pole; congrats to Will [Power] - it's getting old, I'm sure the guys feel that way - but it wasn't as close as it was in Long Beach. So we'll just have to go back to work tonight and make the car better so we can get by him on the long straights and try and reverse the result from last year here. It'll be a challenge but we just want to be there in the end to fight; this track is a lot of fun to fight at the end so we'll see.

Overall a good day, and I just want to say that DHL has a really big group here this weekend and thanks to them for the support. We're just really proud to be able to put the car on the front row for them."

Qualified in 17th position

"Obviously disappointed with the results of qualifying today but I think the car has potential. Last year's race showed this is a track you can pass on which will be a darn good thing for us tomorrow. Here you need overall lap time and speed because it's not a normal road course; there's a long straight away you can draft someone on. But you're also going to need to finish. A lot of people have gone off and it's easy to lock up the brakes and make mistakes here and there. We'll do our best tomorrow and hopefully have a strong result."

-source: aa

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Bob Heath , Danica Patrick
Teams Andretti Autosport
Tags brazil, dancia, hunter-reay, izod, marco andretti, mike conway