Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America from third place on the grid following a fastest time of 01:43.3811s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We didn’t test here so we were a bit behind the 8-ball but we made the right changes with the DHL car, and I think we put a good effort out today. I was hoping to go one better at practice and be P2 but starting third is somewhere we can work from tomorrow in the race. It’s going to be interesting with no warm-up and trying to get the right setup on the race car but it’s the same for everybody. We have an idea with where we are with older tires so we’ll try and estimate where we need to be with the setup and put our best effort out there. To fight at it from third is a good thing so we can do it from there.
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda starts the race from fourth place on the grid following a qualifying lap of 01:43.4361s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We can do a lot from fourth. It’s always disappointing when you lead your two groups and miss out on the pole, but it’s so close. It’s amazing that around a four-mile track, it’s so tight. It’s just a testament to get to the championship, but huge hats off to the whole NAPA Know How team. We really struggled yesterday afternoon and made some good decisions overnight that paid off
Zach Veach in the No.26 Relay/Group 1001 Honda starts the race from 11th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
This weekend so far has been really good for us just confidence-wise. To show the speed that we have, I think we deserve to be in the top six – the car definitely does. I just made a mistake and just overdrove the reds (Firestone alternate tires) in the top 12 trying to make into the Firestone Fast Six. I calmed myself down and gathered it up, but I could only get us up to 11th. We have a great race car and I’m excited to see what we can do on race day.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda starts the race from 15th place and speaking following the session he said:
We’ve been slipping backward ever since Practice 1 on the time sheets and just missed it. We’re a little bit loose there. I don’t think I got the most out of Lap 1 and we’re outside looking in by three tenths (of a second), so it’s not like we were that close. Hopefully, we’re better with (tire degradation) than we were with new tires. The race is obviously a different pace, but you still want to start further up than 15th.”