Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying Report

barberHunter-Reay takes the pole for the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

After a disappointing start to the season in Florida two weekends ago (retired early due to mechanical issues), Ryan Hunter-Reay responded by taking the Verizon P1 pole award – his first since the Edmonton Indy in July 2012. This is the reigning champion’s third career pole position (2004 Milwaukee, 2012 Edmonton, 2013 Barber). “You know this team has done so well this weekend – we just kept progressing,” said the defending series champ.

Ryan was the only Andretti Autosport driver in the Firestone Fast Six and did not disappoint. Very happy with the result, but recognizing the challenge of tomorrow’s Grand Prix, Hunter-Reay made sure to not get complacent. “Now we gottamake these Firestones (tires) hang in there for the entire race. It’s a very challenging track. It rewards aggressiveness, but if you step over just a little bit too far on the setup or on driving, it’ll definitely punish you.”

Ryan was obviously the fastest Andretti Autosport car today but dealt credit to his teammates who helped with the pole-winning setup. “I have three great teammates, four of us overall, working together in one direction. It’s a good way to, hopefully, start off our season.”

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