Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 Military to Motorsports Honda will start Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday from the front row alongside series points leader Josef Newgarden after torrential downpours cancelled both practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday.
Speaking following the final practice of the day, Rossi said:
These types of days are always difficult when you lose sessions to weather. Obviously, we’re starting in a good spot on the front row because these cars do not perform well in traffic in Superspeedway trim. It’s really the same for everyone but it’s a shame that a track such as Pocono has become one of our more predominant track position races – that’s all the more reason why it’s positive we’re starting on the front row. I think we’ve made some good progress and made a lot of good changes. I’m reasonably happy but it’s just too hard to follow cars in front of you closely and overtake them.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from ninth place on the grid and speaking following the day of action he said:
The session went alright. We need to make the DHL car a little bit better in race trim. I think we need to make some changes over night to get us in the window or tomorrow. Without qualifying toady, we’re starting from sixth and it’s a long race so a lot can happen.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from 18th and speaking following the session he said:
We just really focused on race work with the two hours that we had. It’s a bummer that qualifying was canceled, because we’re going to have to roll off 18th when I think we have a car good enough for the top 10. It makes for an exciting day tomorrow – it makes for a long day. It’s a race we have to be very smart in. A lot can happen, as we saw last year. You just have to have a little bit of luck on your side and do the best job that you can, and you’ll come home where you need to be.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda starts the race from 17th and speaking following the final practice he said:
“It was a decent day. We got through a lot of stuff. We were in traffic on the last set of tires, but I think we were competitive up until then. We didn’t really get to ring it out because of traffic but the race car is about a change away. I think a couple of our teammates made the change that we think will help, so we’ll see what comes up tonight. It was a long session today, which is unique and helps after having missed the morning session. It hurts me in qualifying, but I think the Series did the right thing.”