Dale Coyne Racing had a tough opening day as the track action got underway at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham Alabama ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama as Luca Filippi in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda ended the day with the 15th fastest combined time of the day and speaking following the days action Filippi commented by saying:
Overall, it was a positive day. We started with a good set up on the Boy Scouts of America car in the morning and I had a good feeling with the car so everything was going well. We were pretty fast in the first practice session and then the weather wasn’t great to start the afternoon. When it got better, we just didn’t make an ultimate fast lap. I think the lap times are so close for everybody that in qualifying tomorrow it will be very crucial to have a good lap with no mistakes and near perfection to go through the different qualifying rounds. We are there I think, we just have to be positive for tomorrow.
Conor Daly in the No.19 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda ended his day with the 19th fastest combined time and speaking following his day in the car, Daly commented by saying:
I think we knew this place would be a challenge for us. There’s a lot here at Barber Motorsports Park that is really technical and it really focuses on the mechanical side of the set up. We just have to keep working on what we’re doing. We’re evaluating things that we need to evaluate on our Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality car and hopefully we can put a few things together overnight for tomorrow. It’s just a work in progress basically. The loss of track time at the start of the session, while we were waiting for the track to dry up a bit, wasn’t really a factor. In the end we’re limited by tires, so we only really ran as much as we were going to anyway I think. It just happened in a tighter window.