Meyer Shank Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda was delighted with his qualifying effort of day one of Indianapolis 500 qualifying as the Swde continues his strong start to the season making it into the Firestone Fast 12 on Sunday.

Qualifying day one finished! We finished seventh, a really good day for MSR and Honda. A super solid run – we had a late draw so it definitely felt as though there might be a bit more in it. I definitely feels as though we’re in contention for the Fast Six tomorrow, we just have to get through Fast 12 first. It’s going to be hot, very similar to today, so it will be challenging – it always is at IMS.”

Helio Castroneves’ run for five will start from 19th on the grid next Sunday and speaking after a four lap average of 231.871MPH, the Brazilian said:

The Cliffs car was actually very, very good today. We were almost at the end of the field to qualify when we had our first run. We’re not where we want to be but the car is good – and we’re in the race. Let’s go get it.”

Tom Blomqvist will roll off 24th next weekend following a four lap average of 231.578MPH and speaking following the action he said

It’s been a fantastic day. We are in the race, which is great, but it feels weird to celebrate that. I’m a competitor and I want us to be up at the front, not just in the race. It’s been a fantastic experience and I’m grateful for it; I’m really enjoying it. Going around this place at 230 is just something else. I want to be faster and further up, for sure. The car has been working well. We are just missing a little bit of speed and this place is all about speed. The team has done an awesome job, they have worked so hard on everything.”

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