AJ Foyt Racing’s Santino Ferrucci in the No.14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet says that the team is in the ballpark after setting a time of 01:06.9517s and will start today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from 18th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
We’ve got a lot of learning to do, but we’ve done a fantastic job to recover to where we are,” Ferrucci said after logging a lap time of one minute, 06.9517 seconds (105.820mph). “I mean, we’re in the ballpark.
It’s a shame we missed the cutline by two tenths, but yesterday we were 2.2 seconds back. I’d say we’re making progress by leaps and bounds and I think we’re going to have a much better ‘race’ car. I think there’s a couple things here in qualifying we still have yet to learn even for myself as a driver, but I’m excited.
“We’re just making improvements to the car for my driving style. And I’m still new here. I haven’t been back to this track since 2019. So, there’s a lot of things that we’re working on like trying to get a little bit more rotation out of it. I like a free car. We’re close; when we figure it out, it’s going to look real good.”
Benjamin Pedersen in the No.55 Sexton Properties Chevrolet came to Long Beach last season to shadow the Foyt team ahead of his debut with the team this season; the Danish-American starts today’s race from 23rd on the grid with a time of 1:08.2970s and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“Tomorrow, it will be my first ever Long Beach race because we didn’t race here in the INDY NXT by Firestone,” Pedersen explained. “I’m very excited — a lot can happen tomorrow. We’re just going to try to stay clean, have a good strategy and get the most out of the car that we can.”