FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER HIDEKI MUTOH TO START 17TH FOR THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA PRESENTED BY LEGACY CREDIT UNION; TIMING OF CAUTION LIMITED POTENTIAL Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a...
FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER HIDEKI MUTOH TO START 17TH FOR THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA PRESENTED BY LEGACY CREDIT UNION; TIMING OF CAUTION LIMITED POTENTIAL
Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a shame to have the yellow flag come out when it did. I only had one lap with red tires to put my lap time together to get into the top six to get to the next round. I ended up not having enough speed and needed a couple tenths (of a second) more to be in the top-six. For sure we had more potential. I'm so disappointed we weren't able to show it. At one point on my lap, I was up four-tenths of a second on my best time but I made a small mistake in Turn 8. It's a shame we weren't able to do another lap. There was only one lap to try to make a better time and my front tires weren't at their maximum performance yet. They would have been better on the next lap but there was only time to do one lap. Strategy will be very important because of where we are starting the race. Hopefully the timing of a yellow will help us gain a lot of positions. We have the speed so if we can get up front, we can keep the Formula Dream / Panasonic car there. We need our strategy to work out and have some luck."
NHR/NHLR AT BARBER: This will be the team's first race here. They have earned 80 of their 107 wins and 90 of their 109 poles on road/street courses.
Brian Lisles, General Manager of NHLR: "Our initial run was satisfactory and we had every reason to believe we were going to progress to the second round using our set of red tires. The yellow for Wheldon late in the session came just after we took to the track with our red tires. When the session restarted there would only be one timed lap left. Basically all of the times stayed the same after the yellow except for Franchitti. It appeared the reds came up to temperature on the out-lap but were still approaching their maximum potential. Mutoh was four-tenths of a second faster than his best time and could have easily made it to the next round of qualifying but made a mistake two-thirds of the way around and it negated his improvement to one-tenth of a second which didn't get him in the top-six to progress. He had the potential to progress to the next round but it wasn't to be. Had the yellow not come out and he was able to make a few more laps, we are confident we could have qualified much higher."