Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts put his previous experience from Formula One at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas to end the opening day of NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training in seventh place with a fastest time of 01:48.1216s and speaking following the session he said:
It’s great to be here and I’m pretty excited to drive. It’s also good to be here with the full field and get an indication of how the offseason development has gone.” (On what he learned at the track): “I don’t really know yet. It was quite a bit different from the Firestone test because it (the Firestone test) was five days after the F1 weekend. It’s a different track, so we had to make adjustments. We’ll look at the four cars’ data and piece together something for tomorrow
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda was 14th fastest and speaking following the session he said:
Overall today was a pretty good start to the 2019 season. We were P5 this morning and finished 14th this afternoon. We lost some speed that I think we lost as a team and we’ll try to solve that overnight. So far, I really feel good and competitive, so I am excited to keep working and get to St. Pete to, hopefully, get Gainbridge their first podium or win.
Ryan Hunter Reay was 15th in the No.28 DHL Honda and speaking following the action he said:
“I think today was a good day for track orientation. Other than that, we didn’t find much, so we need to reset everything tonight and go at it fresh tomorrow. We need to find something that I will be comfortable with when pushing the car to 100 percent. Today we didn’t find the balance we needed, so it’s a good thing we have a second day. It’s nice to be in Austin, though. It’s a fun track to drive when you go fast.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda ended the session in 16th place and speaking following the session he said:
The track is fun, it’s technical, but fun. You have to be super smooth and know when to attack and when not to because it seems like the slower you drive, the faster you go, as strange as that sounds. I had overboost on my quick lap, but that would have only put me close to the top 10, time-wise. We need to make a fundamental change overnight and get the U.S. Concrete car on top of the timesheets tomorrow.”