Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi said he was happy that the team were able to get two of their cars in the top two positions on the time-sheets at the end of the opening day of track action ahead of Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner who set a fastest time in his No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda of 01:08.5567s commented by saying:
It was good to be P1 in Practice 2, it’s where you want to end the day on Friday. To have two team cars 1-2 is pretty awesome. We have a lot of motivation after last year to come back and really be strong here this year. We have a lot of work ahead of us still, and hopefully we can continue that over the next two days. Our main focus right now is trying to win Long Beach and get redemption on last year.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the day in second with a time of 01:08.7083s and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
Without a doubt this is one of my favorite races – love the place, love the layout, love everything about it. The fans, the energy, the atmosphere here are all great. We’ve had some great cars here, I’ve been very fortunate to be behind the wheel of some very fast race cars here – last year being one of them. We were closing on (James Hinchcliffe), right up on his gearbox, when the car shut off for some reason – an electrical issue. We feel like we have some unfinished business here, and I think today was a pretty good start at finishing that. We are going to need to find a gap between the cooler track temps and when it heated up. It became quite a bit more difficult to get the lap time out of the car, so we have a bit of a challenge there, but it seems like everybody has their work set out for them.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Group One Thousand One Honda ended the day with the 13th fastest time of 01:09.6902s and speaking following the session he said:
Overall, I think it was a good first day here. Phoenix went better than St. Pete and so far, this weekend has been going better than Phoenix. So just one step at a time. I think we definitely have the speed to transfer tomorrow to the fast 12, and maybe even a chance to get to our first Firestone Fast 6. The Andretti cars are pretty quick – (Alexander) Rossi and (Ryan) Hunter-Reay are showing that – I have a little bit of learning to do tonight, but I’m excited to show what we can do tomorrow
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Bryan Herta Autosport Honda ended the day in 15th place and speaking after setting a time of 01:09.8166s Andretti commented by saying:
It was a difficult day to say the least. We’re definitely dealing with a mechanical issue – I am convinced I have a carry-over issue that has not yet been identified from Phoenix. We’ve tried some different things out, but unfortunately haven’t found a solution yet. Once we pinpoint what exactly is going on, I know we’ll have a fast car. Our teammates are proving we have the setup, so we really just need to fix the issue. We really want to give this U.S. Concrete car a good run.