Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Chevrolet
Hunter-Reay captured his second pole of the season today as he turned a fast lap of 80.43 seconds – setting a new trackrecord for the 11-turn temporary street circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“I gave it everything I had, and it’s great to get the DHL Chevrolet up front again and on pole; t hat’s three of the four races this year that we’ve been on the front row and twice on pole. I’m so happy for the guys and everything they’ve done for me. Tomorrow’s the challenge, though. We thought we had a good car at Long Beach, and once we got into the race, I knew we were challenged and would be for the rest of the day. We need to make sure we’ve fixed those things this time and go out and have a great race. Starting on pole here is a challenge because you are a sitting duck out front on the long straights.”
E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet
Viso’s fifth start on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil will mark his best qualifying effort to date. The 28-year-old from Caracas, Venezuela will begin the 75-lap race on the outside of the front row alongside teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay.
“I’m definitely feeling much better after today’s qualifying. To be starting on this track on the front row is great. I’m very grateful for the great car that team gave me today. It was good enough for the front row, and I have a lot of faith in them that tomorrow we are going to have a good car in the race that is going to stay and keep that pace. Congratulations to my teammate Ryan – he did a great job and I’m very happy for him to get the pole position.”
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet
Hinchcliffe will roll off from the fifth grid position for tomorrow’s 75-lap race around the streets of Sao Paulo. Today marked his second Firestone Fast Six appearance of the 2013 IndyCar season.
“You like to be in the Firestone Fast Six, but obviously there was a bit more pace if you look at the teammates. Ryan’s a different deal – with what happened with him and the tires… he didn’t luck out, he earned it, but definitely caught a break with Q1 getting through on blacks. E.J. is really the star of the show to me. He did a hell of a job on that second run. I tapped the wall on my fast lap in Q3 – probably cost us little bit of time. Probably could have been an Andretti Autosport one-two-three, so I feel bad I let the team down in that respect. I think we’ve got a solid race car; we can definitely race from fifth tomorrow. We just need to keep our nose clean and finish. The last couple of events have been hard and we’ve got to get the Go Daddy Chevy back up front.”
Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet
Andretti, currently ranked fourth in the championship points standings, will start from the 10th position tomorrow. He is one of only three drivers to have finished each race this season inside the top 10.
“We were kind of on our own, setup wise. We were way different than the teammates, and it ended up biting us a bit. But I still think we have a podium car that we can change to and a podium would be a great finish for the RC Cola crew tomorrow – we can do it from 10th.”