Dale Coyne Racing’s Luca Filippi in the No.19 Boy Scouts Of America Honda did a great job to end qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix Long Beach in 12th place just behind Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda and speaking following the session, the Italian commented by saying:
We had a solid first round and the Boys Scouts of America car was working very well. I think we were very close to the guys on top. We made good progress. We still have a lot to learn, but it’s nice to see that that we’re working in the right direction. I felt confident which is important for the race tomorrow. In the Fast 12, I made a mistake closing the lap and opening the last one so it would have been difficult to improve because I had a slow start to the last lap, so I just came in. With getting to the Fast 12 we can actually now think differently about the race for tomorrow because we have fast guys in front of us and we can maybe just work our pace more than a strategy. It will be important to have a strong pace.
Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group Honda will start the race from 13th place and speaking after session he commented by saying:
We were close and that’s the thing. I’m hugely thankful for the progress that we’ve made. To be nearly last in the qualifying at St. Pete, same in Phoenix, it’s very cool to be fighting for the Top 12 group now and that’s what our goal is, to keep improving. It’s cool that we’ve done that. It was really close. Hopefully at Barber we can make it into the Top 12 next time. I think we have a great car for tomorrow and that it will come down to who can make the Firestone Reds last the longest and the most efficiently. I don’t know how that is going to work out but hopefully it works out in our favor.