Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda set the fastest time in Friday’s opening practice session in Long Beach before finishing second overall.
The American who set a fastest time of 01:07.8434s commented on his day saying:
Really, we’re just getting back to finding our baseline. Last year, we had very competitive cars. Again, this year rolled off with a really good setup, I think. It was a good starting point. We’ve made some changes to it trying to find what to do, what not to do, as you regularly would on a street course. The tricky part of a street course is you have to keep up with the racetrack, you have to be proactive with keeping up with it. As you go through the race weekend, it’s constantly changing conditions. So it was a good first day, definitely learned a lot. I know what to apply for tomorrow.”
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the day in sixth place overall with a time of 01:08.0810s and speaking following the action he said:
I think generally the car is good. We’ll be going through our normal checklist for Practice 3 tomorrow. I think we had a 1:07.7 run going and I made a mistake in Turn 8. I think the pace is there, so now we just need to put it all together.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda rounded out the top ten with a time of 01:08.3936s. Speaking following the day’s action he said:
“We are in the game, but still need to make a small change or two to be where we need to be on the reds (Firestone alternate tires) and the car is close to where we want it for the black (Firestone primary) tires. We need to make changes in the right direction overnight to make up the three-tenths (of a second) that separate us from the fastest six currently, but I definitely think we have a shot at the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda was 14th fastest overall with a time of 01:08.4410s and speaking following the action he said:
Overall, it was a pretty good day. We were P3 on the blacks (Firestone primary tires) in the second session and then we put the reds (Firestone alternate tires) on and I just didn’t put a clean run together. I think we ended up P14, but realistically, I think we’re pretty good. I’m happy with that. We need to make sure we have a clean day tomorrow and qualify towards that Firestone Fast Six.”