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Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Report: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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Verizon IndyCar SeriesPractice Report: Grand Prix of Indianapolis
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

  • Ended the day ranked sixth overall

“Solid first day, I guess. This is a tricky track to set up for. It’s kind of the trim wars right now out there on figuring out what the right downforce level is. The weather’s changing a lot, the track’s still changing a lot, so at the end of the day, we’re pretty pleased to have the United Fiber & Data car in the top five. It’s hard to get that lap time, so we need to work on a race car that’s good and consistent. We’re not sure what the weather’s going to do tomorrow-could very well be rain, and that throws a whole wrench in for qualifying, but race day is what pays the points, and that’s what we’re trying to work on today. I think we’re going in the right direction.”

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda

  • Finished the morning session in the second position on the speed charts
  • Ended the day ranked eighth overall for the two Grand Prix of Indianapolis practice sessions

“It was a good day for all the Andretti Autosport cars. I think we are all very competitive. It’s going to be a mix of getting down the straights, versus getting through the corners, downforce versus low drag. I think we have a good car right now, so we’ll see how tomorrow goes with this weather they are expecting rain wise.”


Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Placed the Snapple car into the ninth position to end the day

“I think we definitely have a clearer picture after practice two, than practice one. I think our potential is definitely better; I hit the tub in Turn 8. I got too much curb, so we lost two and a half tenths on a quick lap which if you give me that that is right where we need to be. Looking for a good day in qualifying tomorrow for the Snapple team.”



Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 

  • Seen as high as second on the charts during practice, turning 29 total laps with a time placing him 16th overall

“I think we are looking pretty good for tomorrow. It seems that the weather is going to be different from today, so everything’s going to change, but I think we’re pretty solid. In IndyCar you have to time it really well, putting everything together. Tomorrow we’ll see how it is. If it’s raining, obviously it will be a lot different tomorrow.”

Franck Montagny, No. 26 Suretone Honda

  • Used 33 laps of practice time today to reacquaint himself with the Indy car and the IMS Road Course

“It’s not too bad after two years off-just seven-tenths off-but we’re still not there, not where we would like to be. It’s not where an Andretti car should be. I’m giving my best, and I hopetomorrow’s going to be better after one night off.  It’s always good when you get in the car after a long while to have a break to think about things. So I hope tomorrow will be better, but today I’m a little disappointed. I’m happy with the car; I like the job that we’ve done, but I don’t like to see P20 on the monitor.”