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Sao Paulo qualifying moved to race day

Not everyone was happy with the decision to postpone qualifying, however, with third-fastest Ryan Hunter-Reay admitting that he would have been happy if the session had gone ahead as planned.

"I wish we had qualified today because this team really deserved to qualify today," the American claimed, "We came out prepared, the cars are great, the team is doing a great job and we have two cars in the top three.

"But you play the cards you're dealt - it is what it is. Team IZOD and everyone at Andretti Autosport really did its homework over the winter and, hopefully, with the changes to the track, it won't be a completely different game tomorrow."

Eighth fastest on his first appearance with the new FAZZT Race Team, Alex Tagliani paid tribute to the organisers of the Brazilian event.

"I think the promoters have done a fantastic job to facilitate the travel, the teams, the garages - it has all been great," the Canadian noted, "The track itself is very unique with the long straightaway, the longest in the series, and it's going to make for a good race and a lot of action.

"We have little issues here and there with the track, but everyone was very good and responsive and said they would get it all fixed overnight. Those are just first year glitches for a new track, in a new city and a new circuit but, for the long term, it is going to be really good to be racing here in Sao Paulo."

The veteran was also happy with his own performance.

"We were very pleased today," he reported, "This is the first year for the team and the FAZZT crew has just been fantastic so far - I'm very proud of the boys and the job they have been doing.

"The Bowers and Wilkins car has been good since we rolled out and has been in the top eight pretty much all day long. We finished the day with a very strong car and, even though we didn't get a clear lap, I think we're looking to be very strong tomorrow. We'll see where we stack up tonight on the charts, but I think we have a very good car for the race tomorrow."

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