Dale Coyne Racing were left a little disappointed by their qualifying performance at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Saturday as Luca Filippi in the No.19 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Honda will start the race from 16th place on the grid.
Speaking following the session, the Italian stated:
We made some changes to the car and it is reacting well. We were just a little too conservative and we had a little too much understeer which is probably our limit to get a little quicker. But it’s not too bad, the gap to P1 is not huge and the gap to P6, to go through to the next round, was very, very small. It’s important that we made an improvement but it’s more important that we are in the fight. One tenth in qualifying can put you further up in the classification but in the race it just means that if we can be consistent we can really fight for the top positions.
“Obviously, you always want to do better than this and you always want to be in the Top 5 or 10 but we are not far and especially for tomorrow, I think we have some cards to play.
Conor Daly who starts his first full time Verizon IndyCar Series season this weekend in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group Honda qualified in 21st place and speaking following the session he stated:
I’m disappointed for sure. You’re never, ever happy in the back. We have quite a bit to do but we’ve done a lot, we’ve investigated a lot, we’ve tried a lot, so no matter what it will help going down the road for the season. I also got impeded by traffic, sadly, but that’s part of the game. If you go through a weekend without, at one point, getting traffic you won the lottery so, no blame there, it’s just part of their game and we just have to put ourselves in a better position next time. We’ll see what happens in the race.
Despite the result in qualifying the team were happy with the progress that has been made as during the final practice session on Saturday morning the entire 22 car field were separated by less than a second.