Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda had a really strong qualifying for today’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sportscar course. The Frenchman was best of the rest behind Team Penske’s trio and Alexander Rossi for Andretti Autosport having set a fastest time of 01:06.2040s and speaking following the session he said:
The SealMaster Honda No. 18 is strong and has been strong all weekend. A very solid effort by the whole Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan team. The first run was perfect. It was just about as good a run as I could do. I may have had a little bit more in it, I overshot one corner, but I could bring the tires perfectly where I wanted them to be. In the second round, the No. 60 car went off the track in Turn 2 and threw a lot of dirt on the track when I was on my hot lap. So I had to abort that lap and go again. In the Firestone Fast Six, we re-ran the tires from the second round. The sun came out a little too early for us and the hotter track temperature hurt us a little bit. We lost a bit of grip. When you are first in the first round you want to do more, but I’m happy with fifth especially after last year.
Santino Ferrucci in the No.19 Cly Del Honda starts the race from 14th place with a time of 01:05.7588s and speaking following the action he said:
At the Mid-Ohio track, everyone is so close. We just missed it by a bit with our No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda and lost a little time everywhere. Also, being a rookie here and not having the chance to really run the reds (Firestone alternate tires) yesterday in Practice 2 (due to red flags) kind of hurt us today. Had we had more time with them, we would have known to put a little more front wing in it. That said, we’ve started there before and we’ve made some good things happen, so we’ll have to do it again