HUNTER-REAY, VISION RACING PROVISIONALLY QUALIFY FOR 2009 INDY 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Vision Racing driver Ryan Hunter-Reay provisionally qualified the team's No. 21T Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 today with a...
HUNTER-REAY, VISION RACING PROVISIONALLY QUALIFY FOR 2009 INDY 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Vision Racing driver Ryan Hunter-Reay provisionally qualified the team's No. 21T Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 today with a four-lap qualifying average of 219.502 mph.
It was Hunter-Reay's only qualifying attempt of the day and it was good enough to hold on for the 30th position, the outside of row 10, which is where he could start his second Indianapolis 500 pending no changes after "Bump Day" qualifying on Sunday. Additional qualifying attempts made by competitors on Sunday could potentially bump Hunter-Reay's qualifying speed out of the field of 33, thus forcing him to re-qualify the No. 21T machine.
Just last season Hunter-Reay started 20th at Indy and ran an impressive race finishing behind current teammate, Ed Carpenter, in the sixth spot and earning Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors.
Hunter-Reay also drove 18 laps of practice today with a best lap of 219.379 mph.
Teammate Ed Carpenter and his No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine did not practice today. Carpenter qualified the No. 20 Menards special last Sunday, May 10th in the 17th position, middle of row six, with a four-lap qualifying average of 222.780 mph.
IndyCar Series practice and qualifying for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 will resume Sunday for "Bump Day" activities. Practice begins at 10:15 a.m. with qualifying and practice occurring at noon.
Ryan Hunter-Reay - No. 21T Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On qualifying: "These Vision guys have worked really hard but the car is still slow. I feel really bad about that but we are two miles an hour from where we should be. I really appreciate this opportunity and the fact that we are fifth in the Championship points right now and that's great but we need to get a handle on things pretty quick to keep ourselves in the hunt. It's tough because I know how it should be for us and its not and that's frustrating. We are qualified for the Indianapolis 500 but it is hard to be happy about where we are starting. The key now is to work on race set-up and hopefully figure out what is holding us back."