Colton Herta in the No.88 Gleaners Food Bank Honda for Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport was delighted with the step the No.88 crew took from between practice and qualifying for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis as he will start the 80 lap race from third place having set a qualifying time of 01:10.5197s and speaking following the session he said:

“We made a really good leap from practice; we weren’t super special but all right, just outside of the top 10. We made some good changes to the Gleaners Food Bank Honda. I love qualifying around here and I love being in Indy, so its super special to be on the second row of the grid for the second year in a row. I’m hoping we get a good result out of it.”

Alexander Rossi in the No.27 AutoNation NAPA Auto Parts Honda starts the race from eleventh having set a fastest time of 01:10.3426s and speaking following the session the 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion said:

I don’t think we’ve ever been super-strong around here, so I think 11th is about par for the course for us, unfortunately. We’re trying some different things. We had a pretty disjointed practice this morning, so I think this is a pretty decent result considering some of the issues we had to overcome. It’s going to be a long, hot day tomorrow, but I think we have some team cars that are pretty strong. We’ll look at that tonight and see what we can come up with for the warmup.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from 12th place with a time of 01:10.5764s and speaking following the action he said:

We had a pretty good car all day – very competitive. We just tried to be proactive and made a few tweaks on the car in that last outing in the top 12. It just tipped the rear over a little bit, and I started to drive defensively trying to keep the rear in check. Hopefully we can put it together tomorrow. The DHL car is quick; it has promise to it.”

James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda will start the race from 19th place having set a fastest time of 01:11.1478s and speaking following the session the Mayor of HinchTown commented saying:

We’re obviously starting a little further back than we’d like to be. The first session was a kind of a baptism by fire, trying to get up to speed with how the team operates and how the car behaves a little differently than I’m used to. I haven’t turned right since September, so a bit of a catch up there. The team did a good job preparing the car, just working at putting it all together on a hot, greasy track. We made a bunch of changes after practice, and you only have two laps on blacks to figure it out before you put on the reds. It’s a tough deal, for sure, but tomorrow is a long race, and I know we are just going to keep getting better every time we get in the car.

Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from 22st place with a time of 01:11.2762s and speaking following the session he said:

Qualifying was disappointing. We started practice with a car that we weren’t really confident in. We made really good changes between practice and qualifying. The car felt reasonable. I just think we made a mistake with the brakes for our fastest lap, for whatever reason leaving on the reds. No matter how good the car actually felt, I couldn’t get into the brake zone very well, so that unfortunately cost us. We will work our way forward tomorrow. As a team, I think we’ve always struggled here. We’ve had good race cars, just struggled with qualifying speed as a whole. I think tomorrow will be good for us by the end of it, just going to be a lot of work until then.”

Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda starts the race from 25th place after setting a 01:12.0513s and speaking following the session he said:

I guess we shot ourselves in the foot. We had good pace – I bottomed and fired it off for Lap 1, and then we didn’t leave ourselves time for Lap 2. We just didn’t have time to cover for something like that. But we did have pace, so hoping to build on that tomorrow.”

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