Dale Coyne Racing’s Tristan Vautier in the No.18 Honda was extremely impressive on his first day back in a Verizon IndyCar Series machine. The Frenchman who hasn’t driven and IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway in nearly two years, did an incredible job making it look as if he was recently in a car.
The Frenchman who is in the car replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais will start the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 from fifth place on the grid and speaking following the session he stated:
To be honest, the car was very good right away going into practice earlier today. It gave me very good confidence to jump in a car with such a good set up. I’m just happy. I’m enjoying it. I was a bit nervous with how it was going to feel for the first few laps but straight away it felt quite good. I have great engineers, it’s fun to work with them. I’m grateful to be here and I’m enjoying the moment.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda will start the race from 19th place and speaking following qualifying he commented by saying:
I love this track. If anything, this is the most comfortable I’ve ever been on an oval from the get-go. For qualifying we had too much downforce, it was too easy fast which is a bit frustrating. We had limited track time and our team is the only one that wasn’t able to test here in April so we were going into it with a lot of unknowns but I’m confident that we’re going to have a good race car and that’s what’s important for tomorrow.