Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci in the No.39 Cly Del Honda had a great opening day of the Grand Prix Of Sonoma as he ended the day in eighth place with a fastest time of 01:18.5961s and speaking following the session he said:
Practice was pretty good today. In the morning session, we were running really well. I was still learning the track and I made a driving mistake in the last chicane and lost something like four-tenths. Then this afternoon, in Practice 2, it went better than I had expected it to. It shows that we have some good pace again on the red (Firestone primary) tires. We’re working hard to keep improving that and we’ll see where we can place our Cly-Del Manufacturing car on the grid tomorrow.”
Pietro Fittipaldi in the No.19 Paysafe Honda ended the day in ninth place with a fastest time of 01:18.6016s and speaking following the session he said:
“I think practice went well today with our Paysafe car. The morning session had a lot more grip than the afternoon, but it was like that for everyone. In the afternoon, the temperatures were a lot higher and that changes how the car feels. The track was a lot more slippery, but it’s like that around here. It’s hard to put together one lap, but that’s what we’re going to have to do in qualifying. We were able to be in the top 10 today in practice, but tomorrow is when it counts, so we’ll go debrief with the engineers, find the ideal set up and try to get a top-10 qualifying tomorrow, and hopefully, do the same thing in the race.”
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda ended the day in 18th place with a time of 01:18.9063s.