Portland Qualifying – Quotes from the Drivers

by The Earl of Indy, Robert Earl |

I am so happy! We left it right until the end, so everyone was all tense and I think that made it much sweeter. Before I knew we won the pole position I went on the radio and heard everyone cheering, so to find out that way was really cool. This is awesome. We have really great race pace, so I think we can take the No. 88 Capstone Turbine Honda car to victory lane!

COLTON HERTA (No. 88 Capstone Turbine Honda)

The lockup screwed me. Flat spotted the tire. Any left-handers, you really paid for it. But still happy to be P2 in the Verizon Chevy.† It was my fault for not warming the brakes a bit more.† It is tough when you have to pump them out straight-away. P2 Ė you can definitely win from there.† We need a win. We will go for it tomorrow. Colton owes me a win from COTA so maybe he will let me go.

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet)

Honestly the biggest struggle we had was going from set to set of tires and making the adjustments. We nearly got knocked out of the second qualifying segment. We had some additional understeer later on in the runs. Obviously, we have a good starting spot and the top three in the championship arenít up there with us, so we have to make the most out of every point we can grab tomorrow from them in the race with PNC Bank car.

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda)

We are a part-time team, so to get into the Firestone Fast Six, itís a really great accomplishment for everyone at Meyer Shank Racing. We have learned some really great things this weekend and we have progressed really well and the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM car has been fast. We had a good race brewing here last year, but a yellow flag hurt us. We put ourselves in a good position to try to replicate last yearís race. Iím proud of what this team has achieved and hopefully we can finish a couple of spots better tomorrow and end up on the podium.

JACK HARVEY (No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda)

It was a tough and close qualifying session. Every stage there was just thousandths of a second separating everyone. I didnít really feel 100 percent with the car and with my driving. It didnít feel like we had a pole car in the NTT DATA Honda, but we have a great starting spot to get to the podium.

FELIX ROSENQVIST (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda)

I think we had a pretty good day all-in-all. We made some gains in the car going into qualifying. In Group 1, we were up there in the front and then in Round 2 we advanced to the (Firestone) Fast Six, so that was good. In the Fast Six, we thought just for the sake of being different, rolling the dice and trying to go for a strategy that was different than the others and went for (Firestone) black primaries. It wasnít the flavor of choice this afternoon. The other five in the Fast Six were all on the (Firestone) Reds. We were kind of the sitting duck on Blacks. It is what it is and we tried to go for it. Tomorrow the DHL team is going to put forth 110 percent and go for the win.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda)

We made some changes ahead of the second session. We wouldnít have made those changes if we didnít think it was the right decision to get us in to the Firestone Fast Six. I think missing out on advancing is an indication to how close the NTT IndyCar Series is and you have got to nail it every lap of every session. We missed it but we will get after tonight and make the car better.

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda)

Honestly Iím pretty disappointed with eighth. I think we had a lot more in the No. 5 Arrow car. That second set of red tires [Firestone alternates] had way more understeer than we were expecting. The balance was a little better in the first roundÖ we even added front wing to try to take care of it, but the fronts just didnít hold on for us. With how close the times are, you have to be absolutely perfect. We set our best time on Lap 3, the tires were definitely better on Lap 2, so it was just getting used to the handling of the car. Unfortunate, but we can certainly race from there.

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda)

I am honestly just super happy. This has been a tough battle for me obviously getting used to this car and the track. I think we can be super proud of that. The Arrow SPM engineers worked with me on making the car more suitable for me and the way I prefer to drive. Itís a team effort, this game, and weíre in the top 10 which is awesome. Iím just really thrilled to be a part of this operation this weekend and I canít wait for the race.

CONOR DALY (No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda)

We definitely made some improvements today and had our best session of the weekend during qualifying. All of the practice sessions were tough, but itís encouraging we moved in the right direction when it counted. We still have a few things we want to improve on and get better at, but overall we are pleased with where we will be starting.

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet)

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