Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly and Luca Fillippi head to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with Daly having finished the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach last weekend where he qualified in 13th place and heading to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend he offered his thoughts saying:
We have to keep making progress overall, it’s what we’ve done so far. We’ve moved ourselves up in qualifying and we just have to keep working on gaining that track position in qualifying. Barber is a really tough place. Our test there was interesting and we were able to learn some things. Things to do and to not do and hopefully we can use that as efficiently as possible and have another strong race. The track is really cool, very physical, difficult to pass on occasions though. I hope that tire wear comes into play so we can take advantage of that. We seem to have good tires on long runs, so hope to be able to make up positions like that. In general, just can’t wait to see how the race there goes.
Luca Filippi heads to Barber Motorsports Park having finished the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 19th place having started the race in 12th place just ahead of Daly and speaking prior to this weekend’s race he commented by saying:
The Barber Motorsports Park event is the first road course race of the season so it will be interesting to see how we can perform there. Also, after a disappointing weekend, it’s good to have a race the weekend right after and to already be focused on a new race. Barber is a place I like. I had a good weekend there last year. It’s a very technical track so I think we will have to do fine-tuning work for the qualifying car and the race car. It’s going to be very important to be focused from the beginning to work in the right direction. My favorite part of the track at Barber are the blind corners, there are two. One is a right-hander that becomes kind of like a chicane going down the hill and the other one is actually quite fast before the final section of the circuit. You go up hill and you don’t see the exit so you have to place yourself in the right position, but you don’t really see where you’re going. It’s actually very challenging. It’s a nice corner, quite unique and I like it very much.