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"We're really struggling a bit with the car," said Andretti, who will start from 14th place in the race. "It was too conservative for qualifying. For qualifying you have to make the car turn and the Snapple car wasn't turning today."

"We had some issues in the first round of qualifying that we really hadn't seen before," confessed Hunter-Reay, who slumped to 19th on the grid. "We have to get it figured out for Sunday's race. Sunday is really the only day that counts."

"I'm sorry that qualifying didn't work out for the rest of the guys because they took my direction on the setup," said Conway, who had his best qualifying outing in some time this week by clinching seventh place on the grid. "They didn't seem to have a good run. The track in qualifying wasn't the same as practice."

Pantano finished in a decent 11th place in qualifying, but said he was disappointed with that. "I'm not that happy, to be honest. I was convinced that we would be in a better position," he said afterwards. "This was my first qualifying after six years, tomorrow is a long race tomorrow and we will work hard to bring home a good result."

Just ahead of Pantano on the grid is his D&R team mate Ana Beatriz, who put in an excellent time in her round 1 group. While she couldn't recreate that form in round 2 she still qualified in a career-best tenth place on the grid.

"I'm really happy that we were able to make it into the fast twelve," said Beatriz. "We came to the test [held at Infineon last week] with a couple of ideas and we tried different things that helped us find another fast way. I'm really glad that we found it and that we came here and were competitive ... I'm happy with where we ended up."

KV Racing Technology found their recent strong form had suddenly deserted them, as only EJ Viso sneaked through from his round 1 group in which Tony Kanaan was disappointed to finished only 11th, while Takuma Sato finished eighth in group 2.

"I am extremely disappointed," said Sato unequivocally. "We have tried several changes, but they didn't give us enough speed."

"It's just disappointing," said an equally downbeat Kanaan. "We couldn't find a good balance for the car both yesterday and today and that translated to a bad qualifying run."

"So far this weekend has been very challenging for the team," said Viso, the only man with slight cause for optimism after claiming ninth place on the grid for Sunday's race. "This is a very difficult track to come up with the right setup. It requires us to sacrifice something in one corner to gain in another, so we still need to try and find the right solution."




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Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates having the fastest qualifying time Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies fastest Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Scott Dixon affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem to his Chevrolet after capturing the pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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Boss B - Unregistered

August 28, 2011 11:52 PM

Roger Penske should use team orders to get Will Power the win and his teammates on the podium. No sense in them fighting each other at this stage of the season. Castroneves should be replaced for next year. I nominate Graham Rahal



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