Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay described his opening day at Mid-Ohio in the No.28 DHL Honda as a productive day.
Hunter Reay ended the day as the fastest driver with a time of 1:05.1950s and speaking following the on track action he said:
It was a productive day. We kept getting the car balance closer and closer to what I wanted. We didn’t test here, so I think being on top of the time sheets after Day 1 is a testament to the team. They did their homework on this and we just have to continue to work together as a team to move forward tomorrow.
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda finished the day in fifth place with a fastest time of 1:05.4526s speaking following the action he said:
The second practice was a good step up from the morning session. I’m pretty surprised that the track didn’t gain as much grip because usually from session to session it picks up a huge amount of timing and if anything, it went slower – so we need to understand that. It’s always the challenge with IndyCar weekends – from Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday staying on top of the different rubber. That’s the parody right now but I think we have four fast race cars and we’ll look and see what Ryan [Hunter-Reay] did and take the positives from there.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda finished the day in seventh and speaking following the action he said:
Not a bad Day 1 – especially for not testing here. I’m pretty happy with the Ruoff Home Mortgage car – I think we’re one good change away from having a shot at pole, so that’s going to be the goal for tomorrow.
Zach Veach had a tough day going off in both sessions and speaking following the action he said:
We ended up P12 after the second practice session. I think there’s real pace in the car and we’re looking like we’re getting close to our first Firestone Fast Six of the year. It was just really tough to try and find track position today and then when you would get clean track, it seemed like everyone was bringing out a red – myself included. It’s really slick out there for a lot of people, but I’m really confident in the car we have with the Relay crew. I’m excited for tomorrow, we just have to piece it together