Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport ended the opening day of track action at Sonoma Raceway as the fastest Honda powered driver. Hunter Reay set the fourth fastest time with a 01:17.0569s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a positive day overall; I think we left some time on the table. We know where we have some imbalances to sort out tonight to come back and start Practice 3 and carry on into a qualifying effort. It’s a good platform to start from – we’re P4 right now and it’s encouraging for the DHL team. We’ve finished second here for the last two-years in a row, so we’re really hoping to climb one more step up that podium this weekend.
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol/EDGE/Curb Honda ended the day in fifth place despite bringing car to stop on the start/finish straight as his car was misfiring so he stopped on track before the problem rared its head.
Speaking following the day of action, Rossi commented by saying:
I think so far things are going pretty well. You know, this morning we had a few issues. I think we resolved maybe 70 percent of them this afternoon, so that was positive. But still quite a bit to work on. We got to the front, which we like to see. Overall, I know it’s our most positive Friday outside of an oval this year. Couldn’t have come at a better time – this is the home race. There’s been kind of a lot of activities leading up to this in my hometown, which has been great, but very busy. Happy to be back in a race car at a racetrack, so I don’t have to think about that.
Carlos Munoz made it three Andretti Autosport drivers in the top ten as the Colombian driving the No.26 hhgregg Honda ended the day in seventh place. Speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
For sure the afternoon was better than the morning. This track, it just comes down to putting everything together, including new tires for your laps. If you aren’t getting it right – the second run is slower than everyone, so we will have to get it right on new tires. We have some stuff to improve for tomorrow. We’ll see what happens with the weather and everything because this track is really tricky with the wind conditions. So, we will see what happens tomorrow.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda ended the day just outside the top ten in 11th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We ran up front in the morning session, but this afternoon we didn’t get a chance to run on new tires so we’re not sure where we ended up overall. I think we’ve carried over some things from the recent test here and are really focused this weekend on just learning as much as we can from the car.