Sao Paulo: Andretti Autosport Saturday report

MARCO ANDRETTI, ...

MARCO ANDRETTI, #26 TEAM VENOM ENERGY DRINK CAR

* Posted the ninth-fastest time in the last session of today.

     "The schedule changes today will definitely make tomorrow interesting.  Qualifying can take its toll on you both mentally and physically - and then you have to enter the race.  I'm really optimistic though; hopefully we make it through all three rounds and into the Firestone Fast Six.  We made a lot of good changes during this last session but I don't think we've seen the best of the Venom car yet."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #37 TEAM IZOD CAR

* Drove to third on the chart in the final session today (.0455 of a second off quick time).

     "I wish we had qualified today because this team really deserved to qualify today. We came out prepared, the cars are great, the team is doing a great job and we have two cars in the top three. But, you play the cards you're dealt - it is what it is. Team IZOD and everyone at Andretti Autosport really did its homework over the winter. Hopefully, with the changes to the track, it won't be a completely different game tomorrow." 

TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN CAR

* Second-quickest in the final session today -- third-fastest in the two prior sessions on Saturday.

     "I'm extremely happy with the team effort - not just Team 7-Eleven, but the whole team. It was a good day, but tomorrow is another day and we need to have another good one then. I don't think the changes to the track will force us to change a lot - at least I hope not."

DANICA PATRICK, #7 TEAM GoDaddy.com CAR:

* Steadily improved on Saturday, ending the final session with the 12th quickest time.

     "This track is challenging for unique reasons that I know the league is paying attention to and trying to fix. But, I'm glad that we had this last session to practice before qualifying. I think the more time for me the better and I think that we were really pretty competitive at the end of the session. We're certainly going in the right direction with the GoDaddy.com car."

-source: andretti autosport

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