Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Alexander Rossi who goes into this weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park off the back of a fantastic victory in Long Beach last weekend ended the opening day of practice on Friday with the fifth fastest time overall a 01:07.832s.
The Californian is hoping that the changes that they made to the No.27 Kerauno Honda will be enough to get the team into the Firestone Fast Six for qualifying later today:
This morning was definitely a struggle for all of us. I think the 27 car was the most outside of the window, but we made a lot of improvements over lunch. We have something to be positive about going into this evening and looking forward to tomorrow. I think we need to take one or two steps in a similar direction, but if we can do that I think the Kerauno car will be good enough for the Firestone Fast Six.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the day with the seventh fastest combined time with a 01:07.8829s and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
“I think we made steady progress through the day. We started out with the rear of the car way too exposed, too loose through most corners. We needed to bring it more into the window, which I think we did in the final session – considering we didn’t get a full run on new red tires due to a red flag. I think the DHL car has some good pace in it, so hopefully we can make the next step tomorrow.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 Kerauno Honda felt he had a decent day ending up with the ninth fastest combined time of 01:08.1040s and speaking following his day in the car he said:
The Kerauno car was decent today and coming out of Friday in the top 10 is a good place to start the weekend. We have a few things we want to work on overnight that I think will help the car be even better, and that’s what we’re going to focus on. Hoping to make it into the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow and challenge for the pole.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Group One Thousand One Honda ended the day with the 16th fastest combined time, a 01:08.4216s and speaking following the track action he said:
So far, it’s just been really nice to have experience at this track, which makes it a little easier coming in. We’ve been trying a lot of things today and I think we were a little stronger in the morning than this afternoon. We have a bit to go back and look at but compared to where I was here last year – it’s night and day difference. I’m just happy to have the opportunity that we do, and we’re going to keep pushing forward.