Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda who will start today’s Detroit Grand Prix race 2 on Belle Isle presented by Lear from pole said it was difficult with the way the conditions were.
Speaking following the session, Rossi, who is joined on the front row by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens commented by saying:
“It was difficult. “The wet’s hard in any type of condition, especially on a street course like this. I’ve got to give a shout out to Firestone. This new tread pattern they came up with was really stout. It had a lot of grip, it was very predictable, I knew where the limit was right away.
Rossi who set a qualifying time of 01:33.3143s went on to say:
It made the job easier, for sure. It then becomes a session of trying to find the grip and maximizing as much as you can. Fortunately, the No. 27 Ruoff Home Mortgage car had a good balance and allowed me to do that.
Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports who set a time of 01:33.6605s and speaking following the session he said;
Honestly, it was a tough session. “First time with these Firestone rain tires and the first time driving an Indy car in the wet on a street course. … On a street course, because it’s a normal road, there’s some unique lines that you have to take. Normally, you want to avoid the rubber or the oil, but on a street course, there’s cars driving everywhere on them, so it’s permanently slippery. It’s always unique on a street course to find the grip and the speed.
The Canadian went on to say:
Having clear visibility in that quali helped me quite a bit “I’m very happy to start P2. It’s my third front-row start of the season. Hard to complain.