Birmingham: Andretti Autosport preview



* Qualified sixth but finished 12th in the last race at St. Petersburg after suffering a cut tire midway through the event.

"The Venom car has caught some rough luck the first two races and I think we're a lot better than 17th in points shows. We had a great start to the race in St. Pete and a strong car in Brazil but the circumstances have left us with unfortunate results. We've learned a lot so far this season and we've had great improvements over where we were in 2009. I think we can take everything we've learned and really apply it at Barber this weekend. We had a decent test there back in February and it's a circuit where I enjoy driving. I'm hoping this will be the race where we can turn things around for the No. 26 car."


* Currently tied for second in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings.

"Although not an oval, Barber is very different from our first two rounds of the championship in Sao Paulo and St. Pete. This track requires a completely different approach and after the open test we are coming with some pretty significant changes to the set-up on the IZOD car. Once again we just need to focus on steady and gradual progress through the event and do another solid job on Sunday. The Andretti Autosport boys have been amazing in the pits as well, which is another weapon in our weekly fight for the championship."


* Salvaged a 10th place finish at St. Petersburg after sustaining a broken front wing midway through the race.

"In a way, we have been somewhat fortunate to salvage two top 10s out of the first two weeks considering we've had some things go wrong. But, we can't be satisfied with that heading into Barber. We need to get going and put some good results together if we want to stay in this thing. Barber is going to be one of those places where track position is everything, so you'd better not put yourself in a bad position. The easiest way to get track position is to be fast, qualify up front and race up front, and that's what Team 7-Eleven is going to try to do."


* Drove from 21st to seventh in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28.

"The GoDaddy car had a strong finish in St. Pete, so we are definitely going to use that momentum going into Barber. Track position will play a big role again this weekend, so hopefully we can get the car comfortable right away so we can focus on getting the car fast. As a whole, the team has worked really hard over the off-season to get the Andretti Autosport cars back in the competitive spotlight so I hope that all the hard work shows this weekend."

-source: aa

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