Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda starts today’s race from 9th place having set a fastest time of 01:05.7231s and speaking following the action he said:

“I am really happy with a top-10 start. We are only a part-time team, but we are competitive like a full-time team. I know how important this race is for everyone at Meyer Shank Racing and we have put ourselves in a good position to have a great race day. My goal is to make everyone that is here to support us as well as our partners, AutoNation and SiriusXM, proud. We are right in the window to have success and I know that the MSR guys can put together a great car for me to be competitive tomorrow

James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda starts the race from 11th place after setting a fastest time of 01:05.7567s and speaking following the action he said:

Disappointing qualifying for us. Unfortunately, on our second lap, somebody drove off in front of us and put some dirt on the track, so that cost us a bit of time. Ultimately, we didn’t have the best balance on the reds (Firestone alternate tires). The Arrow SPM car is really good on the blacks (Firestone primary tires), though, so we’ll see tomorrow morning after warmup what tires are going to be the best for the race. We’re sort of hoping blacks because we’ve been competitive on them all weekend, but we’ve got a bit more work to do tomorrow than we were hoping.

Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda starts the race from 12th place and speaking following the action he said:

I thought it was a pretty good day from our side. We went for a bit of a different strategy for qualifying to go for two sets of reds (Firestone alternate tires). I think that worked out. The problem all year for me has been to get the feeling on new tires, especially the red ones, and we don’t have many chances to try them out when you don’t get them for tests and only like once in the race weekend before qualifying. It’s been our – mainly my – problem all year to get that feeling that I’m looking for. I thought it was a good thing to try to use two sets of reds in Round 1 to allow me to build some confidence on the first run and then be able to execute on the second run. I think that showed – we were P2 in our group and had the pace to be right up there with the front runners. Of course, the downside with that strategy is that for Round 2 we only had used tires. We were still running up there when everyone else was on used tires, which showed that we had the pace, but then, obviously, everyone had a set of new tires to put on at the end and we didn’t, so we dropped back to 12th. I still feel like that was a good effort. The Arrow SPM car was handling well, and from 12th, we can have a really good race. We know how strong we are on race day like we’ve been all year, so I think we can have a really good day tomorrow


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