Carlos Muñoz led the way for the Andretti Autosport team of four during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The driver of the number 26 car will start today’s 80-lap event in the 10th position. Muñoz is hoping to cinch a second career podium at the Long Beach track.
When asked about how he felt qualifying went, Muñoz said,”I have kind-of a two-way feeling. I’m disappointed. It was okay qualifying, especially after Practice 3. We were really good in Qualifying Round 1–we were the second fastest car and everyone was really close with each other. I think we will go to the maximum of what we had and see what will happen. It is a long race tomorrow and anything could happen from P10, so we’ll see where we end up.”
Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of the 2010 Long Beach race, will take the green flag behind Muñoz in the 11th position. Hunter-Reay also believes that qualifying was disappointing for the team,”Our worst qualifying at Long Beach before today was fourth, so to come out of here starting 11th is mind-boggling to say the least.”
Third-generation racer, Marco Andretti qualified 21st and rookie Alexander Rossi, in his Long Beach debut, will line up 16th for today’s 42nd Annual Grand Prix.
The Grand Prix of Long Beach broadcasted live at 4:30 pm E.T on NBC Sports Network. Additionally, the IndyCar Radio Network will air the race on Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com on the INDYCAR Mobile App.