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2014 Iowa Corn 300 Andretti Autosport Qualifying Report

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James Hinchcliffe, Mayor of Hinchtown, Hinchtown, Andretti Autosport, United Fibre & Data
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
  • The reigning Iowa race winner posted the fastest lap of the field in today’s practice session one and ranked third on the day’s overall practice charts
  • Will start tomorrow’s 300-lap race from the 14th position

“We just missed it (in qualifying) today, and it’s a shame because the United Fiber & Data car was pretty quick in practice. The good news is our race trim is strong so there is an opportunity to move up, but I’m just gutted for the guys because we do have a good car. I think traffic management is what wins this race. It’s a very short track trait – you’re always going to be racing someone whether it’s for positions or with guys a lap down or maybe guys a lap ahead of you, but you’re always going to be in dirty air. Having a car that versatile out front, high line, low line is definitely going to be key. We have a good baseline from last year, the team has, I think, won here every year but one since the race started so they know their way around this place so it gives us a good place to start from and use for tomorrow.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
  • The 2012 Iowa race winner finished in the second position at the .875-mile oval in 2013
  • Qualified in the 13th position

“Today I was kind of on top of the track – moving all around, loose here, understeer there, so didn’t really know what to do with it. Luckily with Iowa being a short track, qualifying is less important – it’ll be a crazy race tomorrow night, that’s for sure.”

 

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Captured victory at Iowa Speedway in 2011 followed by a second-place finish in 2012
  • Will start from the eighth position tomorrow

“We were dealing with an early draw and a green track after the rain, so not exactly desired conditions for our run. We were definitely loose in Turns 3 and 4 and gave up some track distance on the exit of Turn 4. I’m a little disappointed, but as a team we’ve always had strong race set ups so we’ll work tomorrow to move the Snapple car to the front.”

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 
  • Colombian finished this morning’s rain-shortened practice in P3 and eighth overall (and the fastest rookie)
  • Started from the pole in 2013 (Indy Lights)
  • Will roll off the grid from the fifth position – the only rookie in the top 11 positions 

 

“Today the teammates’ help was totally different than the help I had at Pocono because I was almost the last to qualify, and we were almost back-to-back to qualify today in Iowa. For sure it’s always helpful (to have teammates) because you have an idea of what the track will be like. It was an okay qualifying; I think everyone gets better as the session goes on. The most important is the race tomorrow – it is 300 laps, a long race… we’ll see what happens.”