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Race Preview: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama


James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

  • Best finish at Barber Motorsports Park came in 2012 with a sixth-place result
  • Spent the 2013 Barber race as a spectator as the No. 27 car was stranded in the infield following an on-track incident on the opening lap

 

“I think it goes without saying that we’re looking for a better result at Barber (Motorsports Park) this year than we had last year; just turning a lap would already be a step in the right direction! Not that I mind watching a good race, don’t get me wrong, I just prefer to not do it from the cockpit of my race car while stranded in the infield. Barber is such a fun track to drive, and with the field being so competitive, I think we’ll put on a good show this weekend. My first IndyCar race was there and we started from the front row there in 2012, so hoping to do that again and then keep the United Fiber & Data car up front for the finish.”

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda

  • Captured his 11th career victory at the 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
  • Enters the weekend ranked fifth in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings

“In 2013, at Barber, we had one of those race weekends you strive to achieve each time you show up at the track. Taking the win from pole at such a challenging track was a tremendous achievement by our team as a whole, and proved that we our preparation for the road courses had paid off. Hopefully we can defend our win, but it will be tough as hundredths of a second in qualifying could prove to be the difference maker. You’ve gotta love IndyCar!

 


Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Best career finish of fourth at Barber Motorsports Park
  • Started and finished the 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in seventh

 

“The team, as a whole, has good cars at Barber, so we’re looking forward to a competitive weekend for the Snapple team. We almost won the race in 2010 and have three top-seven finishes and two top fives – hoping for a podium this weekend and to move inside the top ten in points.”

 


Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 

  • Enters the weekend seventh in points – the highest ranked rookie
  • Won at Barber Motorsports Park in Indy Lights in 2013

 

“I’m beginning the weekend really good emotionally. I have good momentum after our podium in Long Beach; I think that helped me a lot. Barber is a track that I like a lot… I won there in Indy Lights last year and I’ve been really fast in the past. I tested there in the Indy car during preseason testing but it’s going to be completely different – different conditions, so we’ll see what happens. The track is really hard physically, it demands a lot. The goal is to have another great result for the Cinsay/AndrettiTV Honda and to learn a lot.”