Hunter-Reay Posts Best Start of '09 for ABC Supply Team at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, OH Aug. 8, 2009 -- Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified seventh for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today to give the ABC Supply team its best start ever at...
Hunter-Reay Posts Best Start of '09 for ABC Supply Team at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, OH Aug. 8, 2009 -- Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified seventh for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today to give the ABC Supply team its best start ever at the 2.25-mile road course. It is also the best start for Hunter-Reay and the team this season.
Hunter-Reay was in the top-10 in the morning practice session, an improvement over yesterday afternoon's session in which he was 13th. In qualifying, he turned a lap of 120.899 mph (1:07.23) to claim the inside of row four.
"That's the way you want to do it, make your quickest laps come in qualifying," said Hunter-Reay afterwards. "We worked together well as a team this weekend, and made the ABC Supply car better from yesterday to today. We made the right changes on it. I did the driving and A.J. did the right changes and together we got it up to 7th. I wish we could have made the Fast Six cause it was close but that's how it goes. We're glad to get the team its best start this year and now we can work on getting its best finish."
Ryan Briscoe set a new track record en route to winning the pole with a speed of 121.905 mph (1:06.6814). Trailing him were Justin Wilson, Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti. Rounding out the top-10 behind Hunter-Reay are Tony Kanaan, E.J. Viso and Paul Tracy.
Hunter-Reay, who replaced Vitor Meira (injured at Indy), posted the best finish for the ABC Supply team to date this year when he placed seventh in the Toronto Indy. Meira, who made his first trip to a race (since being injured) in early July, is here as an advisor. He had gone to Indianapolis this past week where he was re-evaluated by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry Trammell. Trammell advised Meira that he will be cleared to drive for the Homestead-Miami race in October but the race in Japan is still in question.
The Honda Indy 200 will be shown live on the VERSUS channel Sunday afternoon, starting at 1 pm EDT.