A Really Strong Day For Dale Coyne Racing In Barber Motorsports Park
Dale Coyne Racing had an extremely strong start to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday as Santino Ferrucci in the No.19 David Yurmann Honda ended the day in third place as best of the rest behind the Mayor of HinchTown and Colton Herta.
Speaking following the action, Ferrucci who set a fastest time of 01:09.0461s commented by saying:
It was a good first day here at Barber Motorsports Park. In Practice 1 this morning, we didn’t run too much because of the conditions. In Practice 2, we went out on the primary Firestone tire and we were instantly competitive. The David Yurman car felt really good and I was pretty confident. But then we put the red (Firestone alternate) tires on, and we still have a lot to learn. So, there’s still a little bit of work to do before going into qualifying tomorrow, but I have confidence in the team. It’s nice to end the day near the top of the time sheets, even if it’s just the first day of practice.
Sebastien Bourdaisi in the No.18 Team SealMaster Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing ended the session in fourth place and speaking following the session the Frenchman said:
It was a good day for the No. 18 SealMaster Honda team. I am pretty happy with the car on blacks (Firestone primary tires). I didn’t get my fast lap during the first run on blacks, then went faster on the second run. So, we have left some on the table, which is why I am fairly confident and happy with the way things went. We got a weird read, but weren’t the only ones, with the Firestone reds (alternate tires). As soon as the sun came out, the track got about a full second slower on the alternates. That’s never been seen before. We tried a couple of things, but I can’t say we did a whole lot. The baseline setup was strong, so hopefully, we can make some little tweaks to it and make it better for tomorrow. Overall, a satisfying day.