Andretti Autosport had a very good opening day to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway on Friday. Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL car ended the day as the fastest Honda driver just behind Team Penske’s four drivers in fifth place.
Hunter Reay set a fastest time of 01:16.4322s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I think we had a pretty good Friday to start the race weekend. We went from seventh or eighth yesterday to fifth today and we are the top Honda. We just have to turn that into a top five tomorrow, get into that Firestone Fast Six and go from there. Certainly the Penskes are what looks like our toughest competition right now, so we’re going to have to make another step overnight but so far, so good for the No. 28 DHL Honda.
Alexander Rossi who goes into his home race having won last time out at Watkins Glen finished the day in sixth place in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts with Curb Honda with a fastest time of 01:16.5720s and speaking following the opening day of action he commented by saying:
It was a good day and we got through a lot of test items. We missed the balance on the Firestone Red [tires] so we know where the lap time is. It’s very close here yet again – showing why this championship is so competitive. We have to make sure everything is right for qualifying because since the competition is so close, any miscalculation can cost you some spots. I’m happy with where the NAPA AUTO PARTS car is and we should have a good day tomorrow.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda ended the day in eighth place with a fastest time of 01:16.5999s and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
It was a decent day two for the UFD team, at Sonoma. We ended up seventh [in Practice 2] so the goal now is going to be to try and make the right changes to get into the Firestone Fast Six. We’re close to it, but the Penskes are in a league of their own right now. We just have to maximize what we have going on and we can have a pretty good result.
Takuma Sato in the No.26 Dickinson Fleet Services Honda ended the day in 11th place with a fastest time of 01:16.7542s and speaking following the day of action the Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
The Dickinson Fleet Services car feels good and I think it was a productive day. It almost feels like a Saturday because we have already been driving two consecutive days from test, but it’s good to have some time to go analyze the data and go catch up on things. We have some work to do for qualifying, but hopefully we improve.