Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda ended the opening day of track activity at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear in 11th place with a time of 01:16.8458s.
Speaking following the action, the two time Detroit winner commented by saying:
Overall, a good day for the SealMaster Honda No. 18 team. We started pretty good this morning after we made a change. The car was not really in the zone to begin with, then we made one change and it brought things to life. I did a decent lap and it held up for the rest of the session. This afternoon the track gripped up, the temperature went up and it seemed to be tough on the tires. We are not quite where we should be on the speed report, maybe three tenths (of a second) off, so we’ll see if we can fine-tune things and optimize for tomorrow. It is going to be a bit of a challenge tomorrow because it is going to cool off and it is very likely to rain tonight. We’ll see what happens.
Bourdais’ new team mate Santiago Ferrucci who is making his Verizon IndyCar Series race debut this weekend in Detroit driving the No.19 Paysafe Honda had a great first official day in the car as he ended the day in 18th place having finished the opening session in 6th place and speaking following his day in the car he said:
My first official day in the No. 19 Paysafe car was really good. To end up P6 in the first session was very nice. We’re obviously still working on the car. We struggled a bit more with the understeer in the second practice session, but I’m confident we’ll get it sorted out. The track is ridiculously bumpy and very fast. It’s a little ‘icy’ too, so it’s a little bit like a skating rink for race cars, but I’m very much enjoying my time here, enjoying the track and driving the car.