Ryan Hunter-Reay: “It’s great to start on the front row”


Ryan Hunter-Reay - Credit: Walter Kuhn / IndyCar

Ryan Hunter-Reay felt he did all that he could during pole day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 from the outside of the front row.

The 2012 IndyCar Series champion and 2014 Indy 500 winner had a consistent four-lap run around the legendary 2.5-mile on Sunday, but his four-lap average of 230.648mph was just outside the speed needed to take pole position, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe’s 230.760mph ultimately taking the top spot during the session, while Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden slotted in between them with a 230.700mph average.

But Andretti Autosport driver Hunter-Reay felt there was nothing more he or his team could have done during the qualifying run, with his mind now switching to next weeks 500-mile race.

“We left all we had in the DHL Honda on track today – it was on rails,” said Hunter-Reay. “[It was a] Perfect qualifying run, [but] just came up short.

“We have a great car – the crew has done a tremendous job putting together an incredible car. It’s great to start on the front row of the 100th Running of the Indy 500.”