Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Shop Andretti Curb Honda for Andretti Autosport will start Saturday night’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 from third place on the grid behind Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon.
Speaking following the session, Rossi who set a fastest speed of 222.442MPH commented by saying:
The ShopAndretti Honda was good from when we rolled off (the truck) today. I knew when we got in the qualifying line that we didn’t have anything for Pole with how much the Ganassi cars were trimmed. But, third is good, as we saw last year, a lot can happen at this race and I feel really good in the race car as well – confidence is high at the moment.
Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda starts the race from eighth place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The car went high on the first lap in qualifying on the exit of Turn 2 so not as fast as should have been. But the 26 car again showed great speed and we carry great momentum, so I’m very happy with that.
Ryan Hunter Reay in No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from 13th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We’re making small steps. We missed the open test here so we’re a few steps behind our teammates in the competition and speeds. We’re trying to catch up, but we need to make sure that we’re doing that methodically and not just swinging for the fences. Practice this morning was a start and qualifying was one more step, but we need every minute of today’s final practice session for the DHL team.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 CheckIt4Andretti Honda starts the race from 15th place with a speed of 220.318MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I drew an early qual run – first car out… so we were dependent on the temperature. If the clouds clear and the track heats up, then it’s good to be early with cloud cover. But if the clouds hold then everyone is just adjusting based on your run and running quicker. Lap 2 was fast, but Lap 1 I was on edge and the car was so loose. Normally I’m flat in qualifying, but today had to lift on Lap 1. I’m not real happy about that.