Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda set the fastest overall time on the opening day of track action for Sunday’s 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Hunter Reay set a fastest time of 01:17.5742s and speaking following the session he said:

“It was a good start to the day; we were P1 this morning and overall. We went to some pretty aggressive changes this afternoon, knowing that Practice 2 was our last opportunity to do it before qualifying – being that you don’t want the car too far off in Practice 3 tomorrow morning. We made some changes, got aggressive with it and it was the wrong way. So we’ll make some changes and head back to where we were in Practice 1 and hopefully get the DHL car back to its good form.”

Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Bryan Herta Autosport Honda was seventh fastest with a time of 01:18.0878s and speaking following the action he said:

A lot of driving here is just about staying with the track – the afternoon wasn’t an ideal practice session for us, but we have a good idea of what we need to do for qualifying tomorrow to get the U.S. Concrete car into the Fast Six.”

Championship contender Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the day with the eleventh fastest time of 01:18.2738s and speaking following the session he said:

I think we made a step forward this afternoon from this morning. We had the test yesterday, which I thought was really good for us, but this place changes so quickly and so often. What you have one day doesn’t necessarily transfer completely the next day. We definitely have some work to do overnight, we need to put our heads together. But this isn’t the first time we’ve had a bad Friday, so I have a lot of confidence in the 27 NAPA team that come tomorrow afternoon we’ll be alright.”

Zach Veach in the No.26 Group 1001 Honda ended the day with the 12th fastest time of 01:18.354s and speaking following the session he said:

Overall, I’d say it was an okay day. We were P9 this morning, P11 this afternoon. We messed up our run on the [Firestone] Reds. It looked like we had a run that would have put us top five, we just ran off the track in Turn 2. That kind of ruined our Red run, but I think we have a decent race car. It’s another weekend that we’ve been consistently inside the top 10, so I feel good about that. We’re just looking to bring it home in qualifying for another career best tomorrow.

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