Hunter-Reay grabs pole for IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama
(via USAToday.com) Leeds, Ala. — Two weekends ago, Ryan Hunter-Reay couldn't get his car into first gear. On Saturday, he couldn't keep it off the pole.
Thirteen days after gearbox and throttle problems kept him from properly defending his championship in the IZOD IndyCar Series season opener, Hunter-Reay rebounded with a rousing run to the pole position for Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Hunter-Reay wheeled the No. 1 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet/Dallara around the 16-turn, 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course in 1:07.0871, making up for his 18th-place finish March 24 in the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla.
"We knew where we needed to work on it," Hunter-Reay said. "I really went to work on my driving as well, and we all did it together here. It's a great position to start from, and now we need to go make it work in warmup and for the race."