Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda made it into the Firestone Fast Nine for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place next Sunday. The Californian set a four-lap average of 231.648 MPH and speaking following the action he said:

“It was definitely a nice, solid four laps today in our first run. Before Fast Friday, I didn’t really know exactly what to expect. I thought it could be similar to last year and Honda obviously proved that. Great job from them. Everybody did such a spectacular job today on the Gainbridge car. We got out there for two runs and learned a lot and put ourselves in the Fast 9, so happy day.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda also made it into the Firestone Fast Nine having set the eighth fastest time with a 231.139 MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“It was a good day for the 28 DHL Honda. The crew did a great job getting the car ready after practice. We had a lot of speed in it. Thankfully it just took that one run. One and done today and we’re in the Fast 9 – really proud of the team. Big turnaround from earlier in the practice session. We have a shot at it and we’ll give it our best in the heat. It’s going to be sliding around, slippery out there tomorrow, but looking forward to it.”

Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda starts the race from tenth place on the grid having just missed out on a place in the Fast Nine and speaking following a time of 231.046 MPH the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner commented saying:

“Incredibly disappointing day. Had a great car to contend for pole and wasn’t afforded the opportunity to get our second run in. Oh well, we usually start around row four anyway and as nothing is a given at IMS, we are thankful to have a good spot to start the 105th Running from. Shouldn’t be a problem to get to the front from there.”

The Mayor of HinchTown James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda starts the race from 16th place and speaking following a speed of 230.563 MPH the Canadian commented saying:

“Honestly, pretty solid day for us in the 29 Genesys Honda. We haven’t quite had the speed all weekend of some of our teammates so we weren’t quite sure where we were going to end up, but we had a good draw and track conditions were nice for us. Car was the fastest we’ve had all weekend, so big props to the Andretti Steinbrenner guys for getting it all tuned up overnight. Kind of bummed to lose a couple of positions there in the dying minutes, we thought about going back out. But ultimately solid start for the race, we can definitely race from there.”

Marco Andretti in the No.98 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda starts the race from 25th place with a speed of 229.872 MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“Not the qual day we were hoping for. It didn’t matter what we did to the car, it went the same speed. Literally to the hundredth, but wasn’t for the lack of trying. We’re into race mode now and the Gleaners team is focused on next Sunday.”

Stefan Wilson in the No. 25 LOHLA SPORT / CUSICK MOTORSPORTS HONDA starts the race from 28th with a speed of 229.714 MPH and speaking following the action he said:

“Really tough day for the LOHLA SPORTS / Cusick Motorsports No. 25 Honda. Just scratching our heads. We had a really fast Friday and today was not so fast when it counted. Kind of disappointed for my team. I’m scratching my head to see what I could have done better. I’m not really sure. We lost some speed overnight, just got to figure out how to regain that for the race.”

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