Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg race winner Sebastien Bourdais was happy with how his car came off the transporter. Driving the No.18 Trench Shoring Honda ended the day in seventh place with a fastest time of 01:07.6811s while in the opening session, the Frenchman ended the morning in third place with a time of 01:07.8187s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

I was really surprised and very happy about the way we unloaded this morning. The No. 18 Trench Shoring Honda was hard to drive but it was quick, and then it just felt like the track was starting to get away from us a little bit. We started losing track of balance and the way things evolved. We’ve slipped back a little this afternoon and we don’t seem to be as strong out there on the reds (Firestone alternate tires) so we are going to have to work on that a bit. Long Beach is a tough place because it evolves very rapidly and you can only get a few changes in, so we’re going to have to think long and hard about it tonight and see what we’re going to do.

Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts Of America Honda ended the opening session in 15th place while in the second session he ended the afternoon in 20th place and speaking following his day in the car he commented by saying:

It’s good to be back in Long Beach. It’s a great track and event. We’ve made some progress from St. Pete and this morning went quite well. This afternoon with the temperatures changing so much, the track changed and I struggled a huge amount. (Sebastien Bourdais) was still all right, so we can look at that after the session and fix the issues.

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