6.7.13 – Greetings from Texas Motor Speedway where the IZOD IndyCar Series had a full day of track activity at the "Wild Asphalt Circus" in Fort Worth. The day started and ended with full practices for the field of 24 with qualifying taking place between the two practice sessions.
RC Cola driver Marco Andretti posted the top speed in today's morning practice and led the qualifying effort for Andretti Autosport. He will start tomorrow's 228-lap race from the second position. This is Marco's best qualifying result so far in the 2013 season. The third-generation racer is currently leading the points race (tied with Helio Castroneves) after posting six top-seven finishes in seven events. "The RC Cola car was pretty good," said Marco. "I'm happy with our front row (start). Good job by the guys because our focus wasn't even on qualifying. I'm pleased just like I was at Indy because it was the same focus at Indy. The first lap, I think we had an overboost, so we lost a mile-per-hour, which I was hoping it wasn't going to cost me more than it did. Will (Power) went for it, and he got benefited for it so good job to him. Glad to represent Dr Pepper and RC Cola here in their hometown with front row start."
Posting a speed that just barely missed the front row was reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. The American will start from the third position for tomorrow's Firestone 550. "At Texas (Motor Speedway) qualifying doesn't mean a whole lot, but it will help us out to start up front." explained Ryan. "The guys did a great job getting the car ready for qualifying after the cut tire — we had to end the (first) session about half-way through. We need to get some major work done tonight, as a team we need to really develop the race car. With as little grip as we have around this place, I think it's going to be — it's anybody's race. It will be interesting to see what we have tonight (in practice), we're really going to have to work and make the Andretti Autosport cars better. But, overall, happy with the No. 1 DHL Chevy and looking to represent well for our hometown sponsors Dr Pepper Snapple and Sun Drop this weekend."