Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Qualifying Report

We were just trying to get that extra bit today. These street circuits are always difficult that way. I had a bit of a moment there, corrected, and then it came back and I slapped the wall hard enough to bend the left, rear toe link. I whitewalled it a few times this weekend, but that was the biggest one. We’re always pushing hard. Big thanks to the DHL guys for thrashing there. They almost had us back out in time. It was just a matter of seconds. Another 45 seconds and I think we would have made it out. Completely on me. I was just pushing, trying to get every last lap out of (the car). Looking to tomorrow, the qualifying car is going to be a lot different from the race car, we’ll see. Last year we had a good race car, so we’ll lean on that a bit and try to make it happen.”

After an action-packed day on the streets of Florida, the starting grid has been set for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Takuma Sato will make his Andretti Autosport debut for tomorrow’s 110-lap race after scoring the team’s top-spot. Follow the race Sunday with ABC’s live broadcast starting at noon ET.

  • Qualified 12th after contact with the wall caused damage to the rear of the car, resulting in needed repairs
  • Rolled into the 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete from the fifth grid position and collected a podium finish in third
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