Andretti Ends Day One At IMS In Sixth

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Bryan Herta Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda ended the opening day of practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the sixth fastest combined speed of the day a 224.217MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“To be honest, we still have a lot of work to do on the 98 car. The car has an imbalance at the moment. We need to resolve that issue before we can be satisfied, but I have a good crew behind me and I know they’ll be able to listen to my feedback and give me a more comfortable car tomorrow. Luckily it’s only day one and we have three more days of practice before we qualify.

Zach Veach in the No.26 Relay/Group One Thousand One Honda rounded out the top ten with a speed of 223.551MPH and speaking following the session he said:

I think for our first day, we couldn’t have asked for more. The car is in a pretty good window, so now it’s just tweaking the balance for each individual driver on the team. It’s a high contrast between my first Indy 500 [2017] and staring my second already. I just excited to see what we can do the rest of the week with Andretti Autosport. So far things have been great, and I think they’ll keep progressing that way.

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the day in 11th place with a speed of 223.488MPH and speaking following his day in the car the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner said:

I think we made some good strides today. We started out – really our first day on track with this car. We had an issue in the open test so today was really our first day with this car on track. The DHL team did a good job giving me what I needed, and by the end we were able to run very competitive in traffic. We just need to keep working on it, get better and better in traffic and I think if we do that, we’ll be already.

Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda ended the day in 21st place with a speed of 221.701MPH and speaking following the session he said:

I’m really happy to be back in the car. I think the goal today was to feel comfortable with the car again after being out of it for a long time – I think we accomplished that goal. We were not looking to do any particular speed, but we did some traffic runs in the afternoon. So I think we accomplished our goal as a team. We didn’t have any mechanical or electronical issues with the car, so I have to thank the Ruoff Home Mortgage guys who did an awesome job. We were able to run a lot of laps today, but we still have work to do, so I’m looking forward to getting back in the car tomorrow.

Having completed refresher orientation earlier in the day, Stefan Wilson in the No.25 Driven2SaveLives Honda ended the day in 23rd place with a speed of 222.524MPH and speaking following his day of action he said:

It feels great to get the first day of practice done. There is so much anticipation before you get in the car after being out for a while. You just want to get those first couple of runs out of the way and get familiar again with running 220 around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It feels like we got a lot accomplished today. We got through the refresher course pretty quickly and we were able to focus on the group running towards the end of the session with the rest of the team. I feel like we made a lot of good changes  that I liked. I’m excited to come back tomorrow and try some new things.

Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the day with the 24th fastest speed of overall with a 222.471MPH and was the fastest Honda in the no-tow category. Speaking following the day of action, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner said:

Overall, I think it was very good day – a lot better than we had here a few weeks ago at the test, so it’s a big improvement for the team from that standpoint. We finished the day the top Honda on the no-tow list, which is a good starting point for day one.  We ran some good group runs at the end of the session and we’re starting to understand the car better on this course to know which direction we need to go. We still have a lot of work ahead of us but I think it’s a pretty respectable starting point.

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