Andretti Autosport Portland Qualifying Report
 August 31, 2018| 
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Andretti Autosport Quali 1
COOPER TIRES INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND POWERED BY MAZDA
QUALIFYING REPORT
08.31.18
Making their debut appearances at Portland International Raceway, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers took to the road course for a morning practice session followed by Race 1 qualifying.

The grid is now set for the first race of the finale double-header weekend of 2018, and championship points leader Patricio O'Ward grabbed his eighth pole of the season. It will once again be an all Andretti front row as teammate and championship contender, Colton Herta, will start from the outside of Row 1.

Green flag for Race 1 waves tomorrow afternoon at 5:05 p.m. ET. Follow the Indy Lights championship with live timing and scoring on the Road to Indy app.

 

No. 27 CDMX MEXICO CITY STELLRECHT MAZDA

  • STARTING POSITION: 1st
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:02.8074
      "The first step of the championship weekend is completed. We still have the rest of the weekend to get through and anything can happen. Turn 1 is tricky so I need to keep focused going through there. As long as I can get through that and I’m sure we can run away with this thing and win the race. The championship is not over yet, but we’re on a good path."

       

       
      No. 98 ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA

      • STARTING POSITION: 2nd
      • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:03.1808
          "We're starting on the front row tomorrow from P2 and that is a solid position to be in. I can capitalize on any mistakes that are made at the front, and if I can't get by in Turn 1 at the start of the race, our pace has proven to be very good so I'm sure I will be quick and can make something happen."

           

           
           
          No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
          • STARTING POSITION: 6th
          • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:03.6108
              "Qualifying for Race 1 didn’t really go too well. At the end of the day it's still so close and half a tenth [of a second] would have bumped me up to fourth. I was struggling a little with the car in one section of the track and that's where I was losing all my time. We’ll look at the data and come back stronger in qualifying for Race 2 tomorrow and hopefully start higher up the grid. I think we’ll be able to move ourselves up the field in Race 1 so we’ll see how it goes."

               

               
              No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA MAZDA
              • STARTING POSITION: 7th
              • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:04.6874
                  "It was definitely a trying qualifying session for us and we also struggled this morning in practice. We came away from Road America with a very high mileage set of tires. We had flat spots on some tires so we got started on the wrong foot there. We put a fresh set of Cooper Tires on the No. 28 machine for qualifying and the car felt great after that. We were definitely coming up to speed nicely and it was looking like we were catching up to my teammates to get to pace. Unfortunately, we pushed too hard going into Turn 4, got loose, and I made contact with the wall. I made it back to pit lane but my steering was knocked off - I think we had a tow link bent or something. Once I got back up to speed, I tried to push it through the kink and ran out of steering and went straight off. We decided to park it after that because we didn't want to take unnecessary risks. We were hoping we could have gotten back out and put a quicker time up, but we learned some valuable lessons for qualifying tomorrow morning.”

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