Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.51 Nurtect ODT Dale Coyne with RWR Honda scored his best road course start position of the season on Friday for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course as he started the 85 lap race from P13 and speaking following the track action he said:
“I’m quite excited to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We had high hopes going into qualifying. While it ended up being our best road course qualifying this season, we ended up missing on the second segment by just a thousandth of a second, so it’s a bit bitter. That said, we made good progress and hopefully in tomorrow’s warmup we can find some more speed and that we can have a strong race. But today was a little bit of mixed emotions.”
David Malukas in the No.18 Dale Coyne with HMD Motorsports Honda starts the race from 24th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was a busy day at IMS today with two practice sessions and qualifying. We knew we had some work to do after practice 1. Then practice 2 started off great and we ended up in a good place going into qualifying. Unfortunately, it seemed like the pace was there. I thought the car felt very good and when I came in, I guess we didn’t have enough because we were P12 in our group. I was surprised because I thought we had the speed, but I guess at the end of the day when the car feels good it just proves that you’re not pushing enough! Overall, it was a good day, but it could have been a lot better. I really like this place and in Indy Lights I was always really quick here. I think it shows how strong the IndyCar field is here. Going into tomorrow we’re going to work on our setup and hopefully try and move up the field.