Andretti Autosport Reviews Grand Prix Of Sonoma Qualifying

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Andretti Autosport
QUALIFYING REPORT
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
GoPro GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA
QUALIFYING REPORT
09.16.17
For the first time in 2017, all four Andretti Autosport Hondas advanced together to the second round of qualifying. The field of 22 will take the green flag for tomorrow’sGoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at 6:50 p.m. ET. Coverage of the 85-lap race will be available live on NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m.
No. 26 Dickinson Fleet Services Honda
  • STARTING POSITION: 5th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:16.2208
  • Of Note: Will take the grid Sunday as the top-qualifying Honda after his sixth Firestone Fast Six appearance of the season
“It was a fantastic feeling. Obviously, the fifth position isn’t pole position but I think looking at the speed of the competitors, we achieved what we could do. I think certainly, the entire Andretti Autosport and No. 26 guys did a enormous, fantastic job so I’m really happy with them we got it done all together.”
No. 28 DHL Honda
  • STARTING POSITION: 7th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:16.1815
“We were just on the wrong side of it today, eight-hundredths of a second would have put us through [to the Firestone Fast Six]. We made a couple changes to try and calm the rear down a bit, but I think we ended up taking some speed out of the DHL car. It’s such a fine line in the Verizon IndyCar Series, especially at Sonoma with how close the competition is. We’re just barely on the outside – eight-hundredths of a second.”
No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda
  • STARTING POSITION: 8th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:16.1934
“I think we could have been fifth or sixth. We had a braking issue present itself overnight, so the last session was pretty difficult. We didn’t learn anything, didn’t gain anything from Friday to Saturday so we were on the back foot a little bit coming into qualifying. After our pace in Q1, I thought we could transfer into the [Firestone] Fast Six. We missed it by a couple hundredths [of a second], and again the braking issue kind of came back a little bit. But despite that, the NAPA AUTO PARTS car will roll off from a decent spot tomorrow.”
No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
  • STARTING POSITION: 11th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:16.8221
“We made it through the first round pretty strongly, and I think we had the speed and could have been right there with my teammates – but I locked it up coming into [Turn] 4 and that was enough to lose some ground. It’s on me. When the competition and the times are this close, every little bit can make a big difference.”
 TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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