LONG BEACH, Cali. (April 18, 2009) - Andretti Green Racing drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh qualified for the Grand Prix of Long Beach this afternoon with packed grandstands. Patrick, driver of the ...
LONG BEACH, Cali. (April 18, 2009) - Andretti Green Racing drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh qualified for the Grand Prix of Long Beach this afternoon with packed grandstands.
Patrick, driver of the #7 Motorola car, will start in the 22nd position and posted a best-lap speed of 98.859 miles per hour. Kanaan, driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven/Dr. Pepper entry, will start 11th with a best-lap speed of 100.775 miles per hour. Andretti, driver of the #26 AFS car, turned a best-lap speed of 99.463 miles per hour and will start in the 19th position. Mutoh, who drives the #27 Formula Dream car, will start in the 17th position. Mutoh's best lap-speed was 99.621 miles per hour.
Danica Patrick: "A very unfortunate day for me and the Motorola crew. I felt confident after morning warm up and thought we would be capable of a strong qualifying run. After I made contact with the wall and the caution came out there wasn't enough time to get back on pace. I hope to make our way through the field during the race tomorrow." Driver: Tony Kanaan Car: #11 Team 7-Eleven/Dr. Pepper Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Tony Kanaan: "The #11 car had a pretty good start for the weekend but now we're struggling to find the set up we need. We need to step up our game and make the car better. I think the team as a whole is struggling finding the speed we need. We'll work tonight on figuring out how to turn this weekend around."
Marco Andretti: "I'm definitely disappointed with where the AFS car ended up in qualifying today. It's going to be extremely tough to pass here tomorrow. I'm happy to have Kyle (Moyer) on my side to help gain track position. I think Kyle is one of the best in the business at seeing the race and what we need to do based on our starting positions and race strategy. Between now and then, we have to figure out how to get a car that can stay up front once we work out position. Hopefully I can give him what he needs to get us up front."
Hideki Mutoh: "We were doing so well at the morning session and then I wrecked and the Formula Dream crew had to rebuild my car before qualifying. I'm very thankful to the guys for fixing the car in time, but unfortunately the car doesn't have the same balance we had this morning. I'm disappointed in myself and feel bad for the crew. We will work tonight to get the #27 car back to where we had it and should be ready for the race tomorrow."