Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda was the fastest qualifier of Andretti Autosport’s four cars and will start the race from eighth place following an average speed of 218.894MPH and speaking following the session he said:
I don’t think we had enough for the Front Row, but maybe a Row 2. We just had quite a bit of understeer that built pretty dramatically on the first lap. That’s the way it goes. I think it’s more important to have a car that’s strong. We were pretty happy with the NAPA car this morning and have another practice session tonight. It’s going to be a long night tomorrow night, and it will be about staying out of trouble.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda will start the race from 10th place following an average speed of 218.553MPH and speaking following the session he said:
We just have to keep the momentum going – last weekend was a huge weekend for us, but we’ve got to keep it rolling. The points are going to be so valuable, the competition is so close, the competition is so tight that you can’t really afford to give up much as the season rolls along. Hopefully we can put it together here in tonight’s practice – tonight’s practice is going to be so important. We’re starting 10th, and we can absolutely do it from there with a strong car.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Bryan Herta Autosport Honda starts the race from 11th place with a speed of 218.430MPH and speaking following the session he said:
“I don’t think we had enough for pole, but fortunately it’s 248 laps – a long night tomorrow night. This is a big home race for U.S. Concrete, and we’re proud to carry their colors and look forward to, hopefully, getting them into victory circle tomorrow.”
We just missed the tools the first lap. Obviously, you don’t know what you’re getting until you get out there. This being my first time here, I was a little conservative on the first lap and that hurt us. You should be flat through [Turn] 1, I tried to keep it flat as long as I could, but the front end took off on me. I’m kind of kicking myself because the second lap is what he first lap should have also been