The Andretti Autosport team had a mixed opening day ahead of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday.
In the opening session of the day, Alexander Rossi who is making his first racing appearance at Long Beach this weekend in the No.98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda hit the tyre wall at Turn 8 and brought out the red flags midway through the session.
Speaking following his day in the car, Rossi commented by saying:
“First of all its amazing to be in California and race in Long Beach. I love the track. It’s a really really great track, it’s probably in my top-3 street circuits I’ve ever been to. This morning was unfortunate, we had the session which ended in the tire barrier. I think the team did a great job getting the car prepared for this afternoon’s practice. Were in an okay position, it’s not great. We seem to be missing a little bit of pace, we’ll have to go back and understand why that is. I feel much more comfortable here than I did in St. Pete, so that’s a positive sign for the weekend ahead.
Ryan Hunter Reay began his Long Beach double header weekend with the seventh fastest time in this morning practice session and speaking following his day in the No.28 DHL Honda, he commented by saying:
The day started out okay. I was P3 in the morning IMSA outing and then P7 in the morning IndyCar session. We made some big changes for the afternoon run and went the wrong way. We lost the car – I was just doing everything I could not to crash. We need to reinvent the wheel for tomorrow, but we’ll work at it and we’ll get there for the DHL
Carlos Munoz finished his opening day in Long Beach by rounding out the top ten and speaking following following the action he commented by saying:
I finished both practices top 10. We have to get a little bit of work done. In the car everyone is really close to each other, one-tenth would have put me top five. It’s just practice though, qualifying is another thing and the race is another thing. We’re looking a little bit better than last year. We’re making good progress as a team. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fibers & Data/Snapple Honda ended his moring in 14th place and speaking following the on track activity he commented by saying:
It seems like it’s taking a lot of laps for the tires to come in and we weren’t really able to put a run together with enough laps without a yellow or traffic. I was on a lap good enough for maybe eighth, but we need to improve it from there before we go out on track again tomorrow.