Belle Isle, MI – On the speed charts, you’d see that Ryan Hunter-Reay was P9 in each of the two 45-minute Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions from the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit on Friday. The only problem to that is, Hunter-Reay had a ton of issues with his No. 28 Honda, ones that leave him searching for help for the rest of the race weekend.
Hunter-Reay said he had a ton of mechanical issues on Friday, leaving him relying on his teammates for help in both qualifying sessions as well as both races.
“Today was interesting,” said Hunter-Reay. “We dealt with a bunch of problems all day – electrical problems, clutch problems, so not really sure where we are. It was a strange day. We’ll have to rely on our teammates for a direction because we didn’t really get a good direction out of today. Tomorrow we go right into qualifying and the race, but we’ll fight hard for the DHL team.”
As he said, the 90 total minutes of practice today are the only ones they’ll get of the weekend. This is a unique format being a doubleheader weekend, the only one of the season. With that being said, the series gave the drivers two practices on Friday, then they will qualifying each of the next two mornings for the respective race later on in that day.
Hunter-Reay, heads into tomorrow’s qualifying session blind.
Luckily, despite not ever winning here, he’s had some success. He was seventh and third respectively in the duels a year ago, and has a second place run in the first duel in 2013.