Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda was delighted after securing his third Verizon P1 Award of the season with a : 1:04.6802s and speaking following the session he said:
“The 27 NAPA Andretti Honda has been so strong on reds on Lap 1, it was strong yesterday. We thought that was a disadvantage going into last night, but when a similar things happened in Group 1 for qualifying, we were like ‘OK, we will use this to our advantage’, especially when the red flag came out. Huge hats off to the team, P1, first and third. The effort that they put in, we were one of the only teams that hasn’t tested here. Huge credit to the whole organization and hopefully we can convert it tomorrow.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start the race from third place on the grid having set a time of 1:04.9896s and speaking following the session he said:
Some others ended up getting through with barely using the [Firestone] Reds from Q2, and unfortunately we used ours pretty hard, so we just didn’t have it there at the end of the Fast Six. It was a pretty good lap for the tires that we had, but the other guys just had fresher rubber at the end. But we ended up third, and we can make it happen from there. We just have to put our heads together and tweak the race car for the track tomorrow. Without warm up it may be interesting, and we’ll have to make our best educated guess – but we can do it from third.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Relay/Group 1001 Honda starts the race from 12th place on the grid with a time of 1:07.2287s and speaking following the session he said:
Every weekend we just keep getting quicker and quicker. I was going down the back straight when they told me what the cut off for the [Firestone] Fast Six was going to be, I was about three tenths up on that. I thought ‘Wow, I just have to finish this lap and we’re in’ – I get to Turn 6 and basically just need to limp it home from there and then the red flag came out. It’s just frustrating. Our lap before that was thrown away because Jones and a couple of other slowed up, so I had to slow up to get track position. It’s tough. Not many times do you have a car this fast, and that easy to make the Fast Six and when it gets taken away from you it’s just hard to swallow. I was really hoping to have my first Fast Six come this weekend at my home track – but we’ll work hard to move the Relay car forward tomorrow.
Marco Andretti starts the race from 13th place on the grid in the No.98 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda with a time of 1:05.6353s and speaking following the session he said:
The Ruoff Home Mortgage car has had good pace all weekend. We ended P3 today without a true gauge since we didn’t get a run on new tires. We had to guess a bit for our qualifying setup and went too conservative. We had too much understeer and just missed advancing. Thanks to the 98 crew and congrats to Alex on the pole – we’ll push hard tomorrow.