Rossi Starts From Eighth For Andretti Autosport At IMS

IndyCar Grand Prix
May 11-12, 2018
©2018 Walt Kuhn
 IndyCar Grand Prix May 11-12, 2018 ©2018 Walt Kuhn

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda will start Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from eighth place on the grid having set a qualifying time of 01:10.1062s and speaking following the session he said:

“I think we honestly missed it for qualifying today which is disappointing. We were in the top three in both practice sessions, so I expected a lot more. We’ll just have to figure it out. We can pass pretty easily here so I’m not worried about that, but it’s just pretty disappointing. We’re trying to fit in a lot in two days, but it’s the same thing for everyone and they just did a better job than us.

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from 13th place following a qualifying time of 01:10.0985s and speaking following the session he said:

We’ve just been struggling with the balance all day – we call it disconnected – the car is loose in and understeer through (the turns). Unfortunately, we just missed the balance today in qualifying. The two cars in front of us were two-hundredths of a second quicker and two-hundredths of a second faster would have put us up to P5 and that’s all we needed to advance. It’s unfortunate that it fell that way, but it is what it is. We’ll have to come through with it tomorrow for the DHL team.

Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda for Bryan Herta Autosport starts the race from 14th place following a time of 01:10.1044s and speaking following the session he said:

Unfortunately, I don’t want to start 14th, that’s not our aim in these races but to know we were just outside the top six by half a tenth, it hurts. You go through your head and there’s a million things you could have done but I had [the car] pretty wrung out. I wanted more for the U.S. Concrete boys. We practiced better than we qualified so that’s unfortunate, but we can draft, we can easily pass at this place. Honestly – I think we need to find that out in the morning if we have a good race car. I don’t think we know enough right now about the tire degradation, nobody does.

Zach Veach in the No.26 Group One Thousand One Honda starts the race from 20th place with a time of 01:10.3371s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

“I think we are struggling as a whole. It seems like my teammates are fighting the same issues that we are. We’re all taking different stabs at it right now to try and figure out what the big piece is that we’re missing. It’s tough being where we’re going to be starting on merit, but that’s one nice thing about having my other teammates and a team as good as this – everybody works together, and you get faster overnight. We have a little bit of work to do tonight for sure, but tomorrow is a long day.

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