Hunter-Reay on target to defend Alabama crown

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay has made the perfect start to the defence of his 2013 win at Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama.

Hunter-Reay goes into qualifying by topping both practice sessions for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, finishing with a 1:08.7836s best.

The Andretti Autosport driver managed to edge out Sebastien Bourdais (KV Chevy) who recorded 1:08.9331s.

On combined practice times Josef Newgarden was third fastest with championship leader Will Power (Penske) fourth best as he tries to add to his wins at the road course in 2011 and 2012.

“It is quite a bit hotter than we’re used to here at Barber,” Hunter-Reay said.

“It takes some getting used to and the track conditions have certainly changed, but we’ve tested here quite a bit – we tested here in the offseason and we definitely can’t get enough of Barber.

“ The Andretti Autosport car is great right now, we’re not where we want to be yet, but I expect to see all four of us up front.”

Meanwhile in Indy Lights qualifying Zach Veach has scored pole for Andretti Autosport with team-mate Matthew Brabham sixth fastest after admitting he missed the chance to get his fast lap in.

“I’m just disappointed in myself. I think I should be higher than I qualified and (I’m) disappointed with that,” Brabham said.

Practice 1

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

1:08.8470

2

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Honda

1:08.9336

3

Helio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.0094

4

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

1:09.0930

5

J.P.Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.1395

6

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

1:09.2391

7

Justin Wilson

Dallara/Honda

1:09.2906

8

Sebastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.4433

9

Ryan Briscoe

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.4521

10

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Honda

1:09.4654

11

Mike Conway

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.4978

12

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.5044

13

Sesbastien Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.5383

14

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

1:09.7400

15

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

1:09.7860

16

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

1:09.8718

17

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:10.0126

18

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:10.0486

19

Oriol Servià

Dallara/Honda

1:10.0508

20

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

1:10.1867

21

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

1:10.2171

22

Carlos Huertas

Dallara/Honda

1:10.7585

23

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

32’33.3824

Practice 1 

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

1:08.7836

2

Sebastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:08.9311

3

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:08.9746

4

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

1:09.0036

5

Helio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.0586

6

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Honda

1:09.0877

7

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.1484

8

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Honda

1:09.1506

9

Ryan Briscoe

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.2084

10

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

1:09.2307

11

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

1:09.3235

12

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.3906

13

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

1:09.4793

14

Justin Wilson

Dallara/Honda

1:09.4943

15

Mike Conway

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.5041

16

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

1:09.5049

17

J.P.Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.5098

18

Sebastien Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.5548

19

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

1:09.6552

20

Carlos Huertas

Dallara/Honda

1:09.7998

21

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.8116

22

Oriol Servià

Dallara/Honda

1:09.8695

23

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

1:10.0502

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