Baltimore, MD- It’s been a rare tough weekend on track for the entire Andretti Autosport group.
The four-car team has struggled in all three practice sessions and none of the cars advanced to the Firestone Fast Six session in today’s qualifying round.
Usually, Andretti Autosport cars perform very well in Andretti promoted events. Andretti Sports Marketing has put on events in Milwaukee last year and this season and Baltimore last year and for the second time this year.
Ryan Hunter-Reay is 3-for-3 winning all of those events while his Andretti Autosport teammates have qualified and ran well in all three races. Unfortunately, that is changing this weekend.
After yesterday’s two practice sessions the quickest of the AA group was James Hinchcliffe who was 14th fastest. E.J. Viso and Hunter-Reay were 15th and 16th respectively while Marco Andretti was 21st quickest.
All four of them were among the slower cars in Saturday morning’s 45-minute session as only Viso was in the top 10 at eighth. Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe and Andretti were 16th, 18th and 20th respectively this morning. They looked to improve in today’s qualifying session but didn’t really make much progress.
Andretti and Viso failed to make it out of their groups as they will start 18th (Andretti) and 22nd (Viso) while Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe didn’t advance to the Firestone Fast Six.
Hunter-Reay, who’s the defending champion of the event, will start eighth in his No. 1 DHL/Sun Drop Chevrolet while Hinchcliffe will start 11th.
The four car group will need to step it up tomorrow or they will eliminate themselves from title contention with three races to go following Baltimore.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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