Rossi Starts P2 But Leads The Way In Final Practice

Rossi will roll off P2 as he aims to close the gap to Scott Dixon
 Rossi will roll off P2 as he aims to close the gap to Scott Dixon

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda will start today’s Bommarito Automotive Parts 500 from second place on the grid following the qualifying qualifying washout.

The Californian who led the way in the final practice session, goes into the race with a 29 point deficit to Scott Dixon.

Speaking following the session he said:

This track is always awesome. It’s an amazing surface and the Firestone tires are pretty great in the sense that you can do your fastest lap at the end of a stint and it just keeps getting better and better.” (About working in traffic): “I think it’s a similar issue we are fighting at all the ovals. You struggle with the washout on the exit when you get close to a car. It’s not as dramatic as we’ve seen on the superspeedways by any means, but certainly a challenge and it’s kind of finding that balance of how aggressive you can be versus where it starts to bite you in other places.

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from fifth place and speaking following the session he said:

I think the day went pretty good, overall. We were able to make a lot of progress on the night session, running in heavy traffic the whole time. On one side we’ve made the DHL car better, but tomorrow we’re going to have completely different temperatures to deal with, so we have quite a few question marks to cover. It looks like the Andretti cars are good, and hopefully, we can pin the right setup on it for the race tomorrow night.

Marco Andretti in the No.98 MilitaryToMotorsports with Curb Honda starts the race from 10th place and speaking following qualifying he said:

The day ended OK. We were pretty good in traffic, but a little loose on our own, so we just need to make sure we do the right thing for tomorrow. I didn’t really feel weak against anybody, so that’s good. It’s good that the session ended up being pretty in line with race times, but tomorrow will be hotter, so we need to guard against that. I’m sure it’ll be a long discussion tonight to make the right decision

Zach Veach in the No.26 Group 1001 Honda starts the race from 16th place and speaking following the session he said:

All in all, a little disappointed we didn’t get to qualify today because I think P8 in the first practice and P5 in this last session really goes to show the speed that we have. We have a great race car – the Group 1001 guys have given me an incredible car. Tomorrow will be a little bit of a long night, but hopefully, we can find our way close to the front. I know I can run with (Scott) Dixon and (Alexander) Rossi if I get up there with them

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