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Honda Indy 200 Mid-Ohio Practice Report – AA

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James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

 

  • Finished today’s practice one in the sixth position and P12 in the afternoon
  • Has a career best finish of fifth place on the 2.25-mile road course

 

“We didn’t get enough laps on the tires on that last set we ran.  It’s taking a couple laps for the tires to come up to temperature and they’re a bit slippery until then, so I don’t think 12th (in the second session) is representative of where the car really is. I think there’s a chunk of speed in the United Fiber & Data Honda and we saw some of it this morning. Luckily we have another practice session in the morning to know exactly where we are before qualifying.”

 



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Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda

  • Topped the speed charts after two practice sessions at Mid-Ohio
  • Enters the weekend third in the championship points standings, only 69 points out of the lead with four races remaining
  • Started from the pole position and finished fifth at the 2013 Honda Indy 200

“It was a good start to the day  we were quickest in the  morning with the DHL carBecause of the stoppages in the second session, we never got  moving the way we wanted to. I think the cars are good, but we do need to work at it overnight and go for pole tomorrow. Coming down to the final race and a championship on the line, we need to win. It’s amazing to think that we’ve won three races and Helio (Castroneves) has won one, but he’s that far out in the lead in points. But that’s the way the points system is right now, we need to win races because we are in the position we are. But it’s doable still and we’ll keep at it.”

 

 

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Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Finished the day seventh after two practice sessions
  • Has a career best start at Mid-Ohio from the third position in 2008

 

“Practice one was fine for us today, we didn’t change anything (between sessions) but went so loose in practice two and we didn’t get a lap on new tires. The traffic made it tough, cars kept backing up before the line and there were a couple of flags. I don’t think the car is bad, we just need more of a chance to get out there and run.”

 

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Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 

  • Colombian was the fastest rookie in the second practice session (second)
  • Started and finished in fourth place at Mid-Ohio in 2013 in Indy Lights

 

 

“Mid-Ohio is kind of a strange track… you have to readjust to the track in every session, and you aren’t sure what changes to make because the track is still improving every lap. The first session was similar to this afternoon. We waited for a long time, and the last lap ended up being the fastest time; it’s hard to judge where you are after second practice. We have another practice tomorrow, and I think we’re going to struggle a bit as we wait for the track to come in. I think the Cinsay car is pretty strong. Now we have to think about tomorrow and see what the weather does. If it rains tonight,  the track is going to be completely different again tomorrow.”