Andretti Autosport’s Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 #CheckIt4Andretti Honda did a fantastic job in qualifying for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway as the Japanese driver will start the race from fifth place on the grid.
Sato ended the day as the fastest Honda powered car and speaking following the session, he commented by saying:
This is a good result for the 26 team. Qualifying had tricky conditions – (qualifying was) a lot warmer than the practice earlier today and my teammates who qualified before me had tough runs. We saw their data and tried to learn from (their runs) and make the most of ours. I think we really did a great job pulling things together – qualifying fifth is really good.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Bryan Herta Autosport will start Sunday’s race from 12th place having set a two lap qualifying average speed of 181.136MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a pretty greasy qualifying run. I don’t know whether it was the temperatures or the lack of support rubber on track, but I feel our car had a lot more in it than 12th. Drawing an early qualifying number is never ideal, so that didn’t help us either. It’s a pretty tight field for the most part, so we’ll just have to see what tomorrow holds for the race.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start the race from 15th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We’re just missing speed. I don’t get it really. This morning in practice we did the same trim stuff that our teammates did and the speed just wouldn’t come with it, and then again in qualifying – we just aren’t getting the speeds we should be. We’re just not sure what’s going on, but we’ll put our heads together in final practice and overnight to see what we can do. Our goal is to get the DHL car into victory lane for a fourth time here in Iowa.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Andretti Autosport Honda had a disappointing qualifying as he will start the race from the back row in 20th place after setting a two lap qualifying average of 171.710MPH.
Speaking following the session, Andretti commented by saying:
We looked good in practice and ended up the top Honda this morning, but then something went wrong for us in qualifying. Our starting position is not showing our potential and that’s disappointing. We need to figure out what went wrong and correct things for tomorrow – luckily we have another practice tonight to work on it.