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#Indy500orBust Update: Qualifying

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From the Andretti Autosport Release:

Sao Paulo, Brazil race winner James Hinchcliffe was able to pilot the No. 27 GoDaddy car into the Fast Nine, but just barely. His Chevrolet was ninth out of nine when the shootout started at 6:30 this evening (an earlier rain shower postponed qualifications by about 2 hours), and ended up ninth with a four-lap average of 227.070mph. “At the end of the day, I think it’s right where we should have been. It was a good effort to get into the fast nine.” Hinchcliffe will roll off from the outside of row three in his third Indy 500. “We sat on the bubble all day, which was tough, very stressful, but ultimately that was enough to get in.” A brief issue with gearing hurt the Canuck’s first lap of his second run, “we caught some hard limiter on a shift coming to the green – and when you get the limiter it just kills your speed – so our first lap speed was atrocious.” The Mayor of Hinchtown’s first lap was more than two miles per hour slower than his other three, relegating him to ninth overall at the end of the Shootout. Still, James was more than pleased with the team’s overall performance. “So proud of the team and for how much work we put into our race cars. For us to qualify where we did, I’m really excited.”