Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda will start Sunday’s 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca from the race from third place on the grid.
The Californian who set a fastest time of 01:10.2105s stated:
We’ve had a pretty challenging two and a half days for the 27 NAPA Andretti Honda group – really the Andretti Autosport group as a whole. We had peaks and valleys, but it came good this afternoon for the most part. It’s tough when you miss out by seven-hundredths. You can find a lot of places in a lap where you give that up. We just have to keep working at it and come up with a good race car strategy for tomorrow.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL starts the race from ninth place with a time of 01:10.6919s and speaking about the session he said:
“It was a missed opportunity, really. We went first in the first group there and I think with some of the Porsche rubber down, the car was really loose. We decided to go a bit more conservative for the second group and it didn’t pay off. The track rubbered up with the Firestone IndyCar rubber and it really gripped the rear up – I was struggling with understeer. I had to get out of it in a couple of corners to keep it on the racetrack. We missed the cut off by nine-hundredths of a second. It’s that close, and it was a really messy lap. To miss the cut off by that much is unfortunate. We just missed the target there but hopefully tomorrow we get this 28 DHL Honda up front and fighting for the win. And hopefully Andretti Autosport leaves with a championship as well.”
Conor Daly in the No.25 US Air Force Honda starts the race from 13th place with a time of 01:10.7787s and speaking following the session he said:
We just missed it by a little bit. We’ve really, really struggled with this car all weekend long, sadly. But the team has been working with me really well and I appreciate the opportunity. This is one of the most important weekends of my life, so it’s unfortunate that we missed it by a little bit. All I get to do is just live my life one session at a time so it’s really hard to do that – it’s a shame. The race is a totally different animal, the tires are wearing a lot here so it will be interesting. We’ll be starting in the middle of the field so just hope that everyone will be smart. Hopefully we can find a little bit of luck and maybe make something out of it.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race fro m 17th place having set a fastest time of 01:10.8407s and speaking following the action he said:
It’s a little frustrating. We had something that was really good, but it kept visiting us at the wrong times. Any session that didn’t matter, we had a really good car and just tried to make it a little bit better. We just went past the tipping point for qualifying. This is kind of the way our season has been going but we’re trying our hardest to turn things around. We’ll get there!”
It was a disappointing end for Marxo Andretti as the driver of the No.98 US Concrete Honda starts from 22nd place and commented saying:
We left yesterday a little happier with the car, the car in qualifying today felt nothing like what we had yesterday. We were super loose on Reds and just couldn’t get the times in we needed. It’ll be a long day, and we’ll have to get creative but we’ll ready for a fight.”