Andretti Autosport endured a tough qualifying for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in St Louis on Friday evening.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start the race from ninth place having set a two lap average speed of 184.206MPH and speaking following the session he said:
We were a little loose there on Lap 2 in Turns 1 and 2, and had understeer in Turns 3 and 4, and had to lift on Lap 1 a little bit. We just missed the balance a touch – it wasn’t much, but it doesn’t take much around here. We’ll focus on practice tonight and try to make a good race car. I think it will be a one-grove race and track position will be important, but we’ll do all we can to try to take the DHL car to the front tomorrow.
For Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda had an extremely disappointing session as not only did he lose a point to series leader Josef Newgarden but he was also out-qualified by Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and defending series champion Scott Dixon as the Californian struggled and starts the race from 11th place.
Speaking following the session he said:
Last year we had a car that was really quick – leading both practice sessions – it is a little bit different experience this weekend. We have one more practice session to dial it in. The NAPA Andretti Honda just isn’t where it needs to be
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from 15th place having set a two lap average of 182.547MPH. Speaking following the session he said:
I’m was shaking after my run, it was a bit scary. I think we were just a little too free but we held onto it as best as we could. I think we still needed about two and a half more tenths. The oil dry in [Turn] 1, they said it was clean, but it was still down there, it just upset the rear a little too much
It was a disappointing session for Marco Andretti in the No.98 Oberto Honda as he starts the race from 22nd place and speaking following the session he said:
The second lap I was still digging out of the hole from Lap 1. Gave it a crack and just lost it. It’s a bummer, I should have taken a little off of it there and just put two solid laps down but I was going for it.