Andretti Autosport Qualifies Very Well For The 101st Indy 500

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Andretti Autosport at IMS
QUALIFYING
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE
QUALIFYING REPORT
05.21.17
No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / CURB HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 3
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 231.487 mph
“Scott (Dixon) had an amazing run, he deserves (pole position). But we’re starting on the Front Row and that is great for the team. The NAPA boys did a great job today with the car. From here we focus on race running, we have Monday and Friday to run yet and then we will see what we’ve got on Sunday.”
No. 26 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 4
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 231.365 mph
“We were pushing so hard – Lap 3 and 4 were so on edge and I brushed the wall, but held on. I’m very happy to be in the second row, obviously, the front row would be nicer but this was a great team effort. I am very happy with where we are starting. (The race) will be a different scenario than qualifying but I think we have a strong car in the race situation and hopefully we can prove that.”
No. 29 MCLAREN HONDA ANDRETTI
  • STARTING POSITION: 5
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 231.300 mph
“The car was on the limit, but I don’t know if it was possible to be on pole position, but definitely very close. I had an overboost problem in lap 2 out of the last corner, and it was like hitting the brakes. I went one gear down and started again picking up the speed, and I crossed the line and it was 30.7 or something like that. When I thought it was 225 or something, I nearly came to the pit lane because this qualifying run is over with this problem. Still running, still putting the laps together, and then I was happily surprised with the total time. Very good job from the team changing the engine in record time this morning. Guys from all six cars were working together on my car, it was great. I feel good, I feel great. Obviously, this is the biggest race in the world, and it felt that way from the very beginning here but now with the weekend and you pick up the speed the and you feel even more and more with the fan coming for qualifying now. This is a very special event.”
No. 27 UNITED FIBER & DATA HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 8
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 230.474 mph
“(The second lap of the run) is going to haunt me. On Lap 1 you have the new tires so you don’t know what the car is going to do on Lap 2, so I adjusted from there. I had to react whereas everyone else that goes after me will be able to react on my second lap and make the necessary adjustments. That’s where I’m bummed, but that’s what we get for going first – we should have done better yesterday. Wanted to be further up and go for the pole, but I’m really just focused on winning this race… and it’s been done from further back than eighth.”
No. 28 DHL HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 10
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 231.442 mph
“(Qualifying) was a wild ride. It was a testament to the team, they put a great car underneath me, it’s been that way for a week and a half now. We just had a bad qualifying draw yesterday and didn’t have the track conditions that were best for the run. I’m glad to get qualifying behind us so we can focus on racing. But starting 10th is fine, it’s Indianapolis and the only thing that counts is next Sunday.”
No. 50 MICHAEL SHANK RACING W/ ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
  • STARTING POSITION: 27
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 225.742 mph
“I have no idea how I held on to it – maybe someone looking down from above, honestly. It wasn’t that bad – I hit the wall pretty square and just kind of grazed it and was able to keep going. Our balance wasn’t great. I was a little bit free coming in. It’s disappointing especially considering the speed we had in this morning’s practice session. We were able to run a 231 (mph lap) on our own so we just missed the balance a little bit. It might have been a combination of the change in track temperature and the change in wind but now we’ll just focus on the race.”

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