Hunter Reay Happy To Be Back In St Pete
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda says he is really happy to be back in St Petersburg for the opening race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.
Hunter Reay led the way in the second practice on Friday and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“Really happy to be back in St. Pete. It’s just a fantastic event and fantastic venue. We definitely made some changes between the sessions and at first I thought it was a bit of a handful and it still is, we are right on the edge of tipping it over. It was a good outing. The Firestone Reds came in real quickly, as the Firestone Reds usually do. The car was pretty good. It is a handful at the moment, I’d like it to be a little bit more polite in a few areas. We will put our heads together as a team and work with Honda to get this No. 28 DHL up front but it is a good first step.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda said the car felt good as he ended the day in third place and speaking following the day’s action he said:
The U.S. Concrete car feels good – and we think we may even have a little bit more in it, so we just have to execute tomorrow. The car feels a little bit like Detroit, if we can just execute in qualifying, we can get it. So that’s going to be our goal, but I think we’re close.
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the day in sixth and speaking following the day’s action he said:
It was a productive Friday. I think the team in general is pretty quick, obviously. It’s amazing how close it is. It’s going to take a lot of work tomorrow morning to ensure that we are in the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow afternoon. A couple hundredths (of a second) make a huge difference in terms of the (starting) position that you are in, so I think we have a good baseline. We will work to improve it some more this evening.”
It was a difficult day for Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda as he ended the day in 23rd place overall and speaking following the day’s action he said: