Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda had a busy opening day in Portland as he ended Friday’s action as the fastest driver in warm up with a time of 58.2729s and speaking following the action he said:
It was a busy day. We are trying to work through a few issues we’ve had throughout the day. In the end, I think we found the issue, but it made it so that we couldn’t run the Reds in Practice 2. We had to run our Reds in Warm Up, which is actually an extension of Practice 2, I guess. Overall a bit of a muddied mess, but we figured out some things and hopefully tomorrow is a smoother day.
It was a great warm up for Zach Veach who gave Andretti Autosport a 1-2 in the session ending the day with a time of 58.6429s and speaking following the track activity he said:
Today went really good. I’m really happy with today. We were P7 this morning, and then P14 in the second session – but we never got a clean run on our reds, so I feel like that explains it. In the final Warm Up today, we were P2 and I feel that is the pace we have with the Gainbridge car. I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow. We got our first [Firestone] Fast Six here last year and I think we have a car that is capable of that again. We just need a few more details in our recipe.
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the day in sixth place and speaking following warm up he said:
We didn’t get a lap in on Reds, so I think our theoretical is being third quick. Overall, I’m super happy with the NAPA car. We’ll have to figure some things out overnight but overall I think the general pace is there and we just need to fine tune it.
Marco Andretti ended the day in 16th place in the No.98 Oberto Circle K Honda and speaking following the action he said:
Practice 1 was alright – it’s always unclear with overtake. For Practice 2, I think we misread where the Reds were going to go so, we didn’t really wring it out. We ran the Warm Up on old tires, so we weren’t really anywhere. I think there’s more to come from the Oberto Circle K car.