Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the opening day of action at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin in third place overall with a time of 01:47.9311s and speaking following the track activity he said:
It was a very uneventful day, which I guess is a good thing sometimes. We ran through some changes and have a pretty good idea of where we need to be tomorrow. I think it will be about maximizing the Red tires for the conditions that present themselves in qualifying. Generally, it was a pretty drama free day – I think we have the NAPA AUTO PARTS car in a good spot ending day one.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the day in fourth place with a time of 01:48.1209s, speaking following the action he said:
I think it was a positive day, we ended up fourth overall. We’ve got some areas we need to improve on, so we’ll work on that overnight. I definitely have a few areas on the track where I’d like the car to improve. Everything is a compromise at tracks like this between the front and the rear of the car – it’s about getting that compromise right and putting it all together on track. That’s what we’re working on for the DHL team, and I think we have a direction to head in to help.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda ended the day with the sixth fastest time of the day with a 01:48.1988s and speaking following the action he said:
“It was an up and down day for the Gainbridge team, but we’re going in the right direction for sure. We were P18 in the first session, but P6 in the second – and the second session is similar to what we are going to face in qualifying tomorrow. I feel like we’ve got good momentum. I think the Andretti Autosport cars are fast as a whole; we definitely have a shot to get into the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow. We’re going to see what we can do better tonight and then capitalize on that tomorrow when it matters.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda ended the day in 20th place and speaking following the action he said:
We were really struggling in Practice 2 and caught some traffic on a fast lap, so didn’t quite get there. We used the last 30-minute warmup and found a few things – and ended up P5. We still need to find a bit more out of the car, and out of myself as well, so we’ll keep working.