Power makes it two in a row on pole in Texas

IndyCar, IndyCar News/Releases, INDYCAR PR — By on June 6, 2014 6:12 pm

QUOTEBOARD:

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 National Guard Honda): “Your starting position here isn’t everything but it’s just frustrating to qualify where we did because I thought we had a pretty good car in practice. Our race car is pretty good but I was pretty nervous about our qualifying car. Frankly the rear just wasn’t underneath us at all so we just need to go back and look at the data and see what we can do to improve the situation. The race is what counts and that’s what we’re working toward. Obviously we showed that we still have a long way to go. I think we will race better than we ran in qualifying but we’ve got to find some speed.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet): “A very disappointing qualifying run for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing team. Obviously, not what we were hoping for. We were not really quick and not really happy with the car this morning, so we made some changes that didn’t work out. Now we just have to try and forget about qualifying and make the race car as good as we can get it. Hopefully have a good day tomorrow.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): “I am disappointed with the car in qualifying. It felt good in practice this morning. And the first lap is good (218.326), but the car really fell off the second lap (217.031). There was just no grip. I’m not sure this aero (dynamic) package is right. Texas Motor Speedway is the toughest oval track we run now. It’s tougher than Indy, Fontana and others. We haven’t had pack racing since 2005 or 2006 here. It’s been single file here since 2007 but everyone still thinks we race in packs here. That’s just not the case.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): “It was a tough qualifying run for us. It was a short preparation after just one practice. We couldn’t take part in qualifying last year due to a small problem, so for us it was a bit of a challenge. The car wasn’t in a particularly happy place so we still need to work out a lot of things. Hopefully the evening practice will take us to a stronger package.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing Honda): “We attacked today differently than qualifying for Indianapolis, focusing much more on the race pace than qualifying. It was a bit hairy during my qualifying run. We trimmed out as much downforce as possible, but qualifying runs are supposed to be on the edge. The car feels really light when you’re running like that, but it’s fun. I think we’ve got a good race package, and I’m feeling very confident with it.”

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 17 Automatic Fire Sprinklers KV AFS Racing Chevrolet): “I am very disappointed with our qualifying effort. We came here with high expectations that the Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc.- KV AFS car would be pretty strong around here, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. The whole team has been working very hard to put both cars (No. 17 and No. 11) where they deserve to be and we now need to go back to the drawing board find the problems and fix them. We need to try and move on from qualifying now and keep the positive mindset alive going into final practice tonight and the race tomorrow.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda): “It’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.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 Snapple Honda): “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.”

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 34 Cinsay AndrettiTV.com HVM Honda): “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.”

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