Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda came so close to claiming pole for tonight’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Friday but in the end had to settle for second place.

Seabass set a two lap average of 185.927MPH and was just pipped by championship leader Josef Newgarden and speaking following the session the Frenchman said:

A very strong run for the SealMaster Honda. It was a really solid effort and the guys gave me a great car. It felt very similar to Phoenix (took pole there in 2018). You never completely know how things are going to evolve from the practice run. The conditions are so different. During the run, there was a lot of sliding around in Turns 1 and 2. I gave it everything I had and I’m just really pleased with the run.”

Bourdais’ rookie team mate Santino Ferrucci in the No.19 Cly Del Honda had a great session as he will roll off sixth having set a two lap average speed of 184.830MPH and speaking following the session he said:

“I’m really happy with our qualifying run. We have good momentum going right now and things are going really well. The car was great in practice this morning and I was confident going into qualifying. I took it a bit easy on the first lap, but when I saw how great the track was I pushed harder on the second one. The No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda was awesome in qualifying, so hopefully our race car will be as good and we can go out and pass some cars tomorrow.”

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