Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda is hoping to carry the momentum from his third place finish in the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit Of The Americas last weekend forward to this weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Speaking ahead of the race he said:
“The whole team is optimistic heading to the next round at Barber (Motorsports Park). The DHL machine has had encouraging pace at our pre-season tests and the first two race events, so hopefully we can keep that going this weekend and bring home a third Barber victory for DHL, AutoNation and Honda. The fans are always great in Birmingham, so I am looking forward to seeing them and putting on a good show.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda had a fantastic race in Austin coming from 20th on the grid to finish the race in sixth and speaking ahead of the race at Barber Motorsports Park he said:
“So far this season qualifying is where we have had our worst luck. We’ve had two really good race cars, but haven’t been able to show their potential because we’ve started near the rear of the grid. So this weekend, we’ll look to change our luck and secure a good qualifying position and build on our pace from last year. We want to leave Barber with the U.S. Concrete machine in the top five in points.”
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda will be aiming to bounce back from a ninth place finish Austin this weekend in Barber.
Speaking ahead of the race Rossi said:
Barber (Motorsports Park) has been a bit of an odd track for us in the past, but we have developed a new approach going into this weekend, so I am confident in our potential. We’ve had the pace to run in the Firestone Fast Six at both races so far this season, and it will be important to keep that going this weekend. Barber is notorious for being a track that is hard to pass on, so we will need to start up front in order to maximize the weekend from a points perspective.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda heads to Barber Motorsports Park off the back of a back of a 22nd place finish.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:
Barber (Motorsports Park) is always a place I look forward to going. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful tracks we get to race at and the fans in Birmingham are incredible. Our team is excited to start the weekend and get back on track with the Gainbridge car.