Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 Honda was happy with his opening day at the Detroit Grand Prix as he finished the day with the seventh fastest time. Speaking following the day in the car, the Japanese driver commented by saying:
It was a pretty productive day, it’s nice to be back on a street course. It’s quite different, of course, from a superspeedway. After having the most incredible experience of my lifetime the past couple days, I am happy to be back in the car. The first session went smooth and the second session was a little bit unusual – we tried the red (alternative) tire, but it seems like we lost a little bit of grip. So, we need to go through all the data, but at least the car worked quite positively. I look forward to qualifying tomorrow and the race.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Magneti Marelli Honda ended the day in ninth place and speaking following his day in the car he commented by saying:
We never really got a good, clean lap in. I was at one point on a lap that would have been good for P7, but that’s not great. So we’ll have to see what the teammates have come up with and hope for the best and some clean running in qualifying.
Ryan Hunter Reay heads into the weekend having ended the day in 12th place having suffered a clutch issue during the day and speaking following his session he commented by saying:
Today was interesting. We dealt with a bunch of problems all day – electrical problems, clutch problems, so not really sure where we are. It was a strange day. We’ll have to rely on our teammates for a direction because we didn’t really get a good direction out of today. Tomorrow we go right into qualifying and the race, but we’ll fight hard for the DHL team.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Honda suffered an accident in the second practice session having set the third fastest time of the afternoon and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
“(The car) was just loose in entry, I guess. It’s a weird place to spin, especially on entry, so it just got away from me. I don’t think the car is too bad, but I mean, that’s a concrete wall there. Hopefully not a whole lot. I think the car’s quick. Fortunately, we have three other teammates that are quick as well running around out there, so we’ll get a lot of good information and get ready for tomorrow.”