Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda said he had a solid day on Fast Friday ahead of qualifying for next weekend’s 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
Speaking following the action the Mayor of HinchTown commented saying:
Today was a solid day for the Genesys crew. Coming into today with the extra boost there were a lot of unknowns, but it was awesome to get out there and start knocking out 230’s from the first run. We ran through our program , and I think we made some good progress. It was definitely tricky out there with the higher speeds trying to hold on for four laps, so fingers crossed we can put in a solid run for qualifying tomorrow.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda ended the day with the fastest speed of 233.491MPH completing 225 laps and speaking following the action he said:
Fast Friday was good, especially with the top speed of the day. We seem to be looking good on no-tow speeds, as well. Although I wanted to end the day runs better than we did, and we have a few things to work out. B ut we just need to nail tomorrow, and the No. 98 car has enough speed for the Fast Nine.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the session in fourth place with a speed of 232.124MPH completing 197 laps and speaking following the action he said:
The 28 DHL car was really hooked up this morning. Unfortunately, two different racetracks from a.m. and p.m . I think the car has speed in it, but just lacked a little bit of balance later in the day. Hopefully, we can get some front grip in it for tomorrow.”
Colton Herta in the No.88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana commented following his day saying:
“It was an OK day. We’re not the best, but we seem to have decent speed. Really just want to figure out what we did best today and bring those into qualifying tomorrow so we can get into the Fast Nine.”
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the day in ninth place and speaking following the action the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner commented saying:
Fast Friday is always a tough day because you trim, and it was pretty hot today. It gets harder as the day goes on when you’re supposed to be making progress. It gets more challenging. I think we have a fast car and potential for the Fast Nine – if not a little bit more if we play our cards right. But, obviously, we have to get into the Fast Nine tomorrow, that’s the main objective. It’s pretty phenomenal the step Honda has made this year. We were disappointed leaving here last year as a group and they have gotten it done in a big way, at least in outright performance. We will go try and make good on that tomorrow and Sunday. Hopefully, it’ll put us in a pretty good position for the race because qualifying is going to be more important than it has been in years past.”