Andretti Autosport had a mixed opening day at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham Alabama on Friday ahead of Sunday’s fourth round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the day in 11th place overall and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had a pretty challenging day, but we started out promising – P4 in the first session – then in the second session we didn’t get our run on new tires. I think right now we’re a top-seven car; we just have to put it all together and find some answers tonight with our teammates.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda ended the day in 12th place overall and speaking after his opening day at Barber, he commented by saying:
After one more day of practice in Barber, I think I feel a little bit stronger after Long Beach, but everyone is so close together and tires make a big difference here. It depends how many sets of new tires you will have. We have work to do for tomorrow, it’s going to be real close – the goal is to be in the Firestone Fast Six. I think we have the car for it but we need to put it all together.
Marco Andretti is debuting the red and white livery of hhgregg this weekend on his No.27 Snapple Honda and speaking after today’s running he commented by saying:
We lost a lot of time in Practice 1. We had a mistake on the car that we found after so we’ve been a little behind since this morning. Hopefully we can take a swing at it tonight and get the hhgregg / Snapple Honda back in the ballpark tomorrow.
Alexander Rossi had a tough day at the office in the No.98 Castrol Edge with Curb Honda and speaking afterwards he stated:
Honestly, I think that is the worst Friday I have ever had in my racing career. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a big deficit in pace. We have to either go home or start from scratch tomorrow, and I don’t want to go home.