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Firestone 600 Qualifying Report


James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
  • Will start tomorrow’s 248-lap race from the ninth position
  • Has a best career starting position of sixth at Texas Motor Speedway (2012)

“I t’s funny – this is probably the most difficult qualifying run I’ve ever had on a 1.5-mile track. I think we got a little bit of information from Carlos (Munoz), and I think Marco (Andretti) can learn a little bit off the both of us (qualifying last). I’m kind of disappointed with that run; I think the United Fiber & Data car had more in it. We’ll be good in the race – these guys are always strong during the race and this series is just so competitive right now.”

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 
  • Qualified 10th for tomorrow’s night race 1.5-mile oval
  • 22-year-old’s best oval finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series is second place (Indy, 2013)


“I had to lift on the last lap in Turn 3 – I had a big moment out there. Now we just have to concentrate on the race; it’s a long race here and it doesn’t really matter where you start. You have to have a good car in the race, and I think we have a little work ahead before tomorrow.”


Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Started the 2013 race in Ft. Worth from the second position
  • Led part of the morning practice session and qualified in the 17th position for tomorrow’s Firestone 600

 Our qualifying run was a pretty big disappointment, although I think we’re lucky to be (starting) 17th. I almost crashed on the out lap when I wasn’t even pushing and we overstepped…we just over-did it. Never count us out (on winning from 17th), but the way practice went, it seemed like it was going to be a track position race because it’s definitely harder to pass here than last year. We’ll have to see how the evening practice goes, so hopefully it’s shuffled up a bit and we can make some ground with the Snapple Honda.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
  • Started from the third position and finished second at Texas Motor Speedway in 2013
  • The Indy 500 Champion will roll off from the 12th grid position tomorrow

“We had a bit of an imbalance. We weren’t really in the race track, as we like to call it, but the car was on top of the race track – moving around a lot when you get in the corner and just scrubbing too much speed because of it. We need to go back and work on our mechanical grip setup so we can have a bit more grip out there tonight (for practice). The DHL crew had a great run here last year, and I think we should have a good night tomorrow night. It’s going to be difficult with the downforce and the current compound we’re running.”