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Pocono INDYCAR 500 Qualifying Report


James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
  • Canadian will roll off the grid from the sixth position in the second row alongside teammate Andretti
  • Was seen fourth quickest in the morning practice 
  • Started from the front row (third position) at Pocono Raceway in 2013 before an accident showed him in P24 at the finish

“The track conditions, and the wind the way it’s been, practice was a little tougher than last year, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect coming into qualifying. As always, the Andretti Autosport cars were super strong and big credit to the United Fiber & Data (UFD) boys – this is UFD’s home race, they’re based not too far from here. We’re definitely happy with the run we put in. Having teammates is one of the big benefits of having a multi-car team like this because we can all help each other out. I know I got information off Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and Marco (Andretti), and we were able to relay a little more information to Carlos (Munoz).”

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 
  • Starts tomorrow’s 500-mile race from the front row in the third position
  • Colombian was second fastest overall at the completion of today’s afternoon practice
  • Won with a 16.225-second lead at the “Tricky Triangle” in Indy Lights last year for Andretti Autosport

“For sure having teammates, getting all that information, it helps you, helps you for what you can expect; that’s a great thing about having so many teammates. This time I was the last teammate (to run), and normally I’m the first one to go out, so I’m usually giving the information. But our run was great… the Cinsay car was great. I’m happy to start on the front row for the race – third position. Tomorrow is a long race – 500 miles – but I have a really good car to fight for the lead.”


Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Third-generation racer will start his hometown race from the fifth position
  • Finished Practice One third fastest
  • Secured the pole position and finished in 10th for last year’s event on the 2.5-mile oval

“I mean not bad, not great you know, but good. I think we had a decent shake at it, but I think we ran too much downforce. I mean I want to perform well here, I want to definitely capitalize and win. The Snapple car ran strong, we just need to win.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
  • Will start the 11th round of Verizon IndyCar Series competition from the ninth position
  • Finished second in this morning’s practice session
  • Recorded a 20th-place finish at the Pennsylvania track in 2013 after starting from second

“We kind of went for a guess there… went for a guess on the balance of the car and it wasn’t right. We had some issues, so I think our teammates were able to learn from that. We were kind of the first hat to fall there; we were the one they (the teammates) were going to take the balance from and they were able to have a good run.”