Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from eighth place having set a fastest time of 01:08.8866s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
It was a good effort all-around by the team – I think we were all pretty good on Blacks. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a car balance quite sorted for Reds. It’s disappointing that eighth is our best starting position here, so we’ll take some solace in that, but it’s disappointing to not transfer into the Firestone Fast Six.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from 11th place having set a fastest time of 01:09.0764s and speaking following the session he said:
We seemed to plateau from Practice 1 where we were fifth. The whole team has fallen in competitiveness as every session has gone on. So, unfortunately everyone is sitting right now in eighth, 11th and 13th. We don’t know the reason, we’re all scratching our heads. But, looking down pit lane, the usual top qualifiers didn’t advance to the Firestone Fast Six, except for Dixon. We’ll look at it tonight. Historically, this has been a strong track for us and it’s way too complicated out there for us right now – but we’ll work to find a solution and fight hard for the DHL team.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda starts the race from 13th place having set a time of 01:08.8950s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
We were loose this morning and we moved into qualifying with a bit too much understeer. If we would’ve squeaked through, the rear was good enough that we would’ve had a pretty good margin to take out understeer. We missed the second round by four-hundredths (of a second) and we were under a tenth to Rossi. The field is so tight and we were really hoping to secure a good starting position for the U.S. Concrete team, so it’s unfortunate that we just missed the second round.”
It was a disappointing qualifying for Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from 23rd place and speaking following the day’s session he said:
It’s been a frustrating day. This morning we couldn’t get the balance right after putting on new brakes – we just lost the balance and had to jump right into qualifying. I don’t think we made the right choices for the car for the qualifying session. We struggled with some understeer and once we put on the Reds, I think we even went slower. We’re all a bit confused as to why that happened – it’s something we need to look at tonight.”