Dale Coyne Racing’s Luca Filippi and Conor Daly will start tomorrow’s Verizon IndyCar Series race the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway from 16th and 18th place respectively.
Luca Filippi in the No.19 Sonny’s Bar B-Q Dale Coyne Racing Honda will start the race from 16th place and speaking following the session, the Italian commented by saying:
Everything is new for me and it was my very first time qualifying on an oval. I have to say it was fast, even if I wasn’t the fastest! It’s amazing driving these cars on an oval and I loved it. I’m eager to get more experience and push the guys to push the limit higher and higher. We had a margin that we could have played with but we didn’t want to take risks. For tomorrow, it’s looking good. We have to work a lot on dealing with traffic but so far I love it. Very fun.
“I know there’s a lot to learn and that it’s difficult. I can’t just jump in a car and pretend to be as fast as the top guys but I want to be that fast one day. It will take a lot of work but I’ll try.
Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group Dale Coyne Racing Honda will start the race from 18th place and speaking following the session he stated:
I played it too safe. I didn’t get up to speed as quickly as I needed to and it’s just tough to do that when you’re on that much of an edge. I’m still learning so a lot of it was all down to me. It’s also the first time that I was in this type of a qualifying format and you take the green pretty quickly! Of all of our runs in practice, our fastest laps were on laps four or five so that’s just something that I have to get used to. For us, I think it was the best thing to play it safe today because the last thing we need is a crashed car.