Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda ended the opening day of on track at the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place on Friday in eighth place with a fastest time of 01:00.9509s and speaking following the day in the car, the Japanese driver commented by saying:
It was a good session and it’s so nice to be back in Toronto. The fans are always so enthusiastic here. I really appreciate all the support, everybody comes to see us. We had good weather today. The car is working well, too. I think it was a productive session and we learned a lot. We still need to work hard, but we have a little room to go faster tomorrow, so I’m quite looking forward to that.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda who finished on the podium last time out in Iowa ended day one in Toronto in ninth place with a fastest time of 01:00.9692s and speaking following his time in the car he commented by saying:
We finished practice today top 10 overall, which is an improvement over last year. We’re still not completely satisfied with the car. We know we have lot more potential in there. We still have a lot of work to do to challenge for the top six in tomorrow’s qualifying, and hopefully we can get the DHL machine a good starting position.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb Honda ended the opening day in 14th place with a fastest time of 01:01.3164s and speaking following his track action, Rossi commented by saying:
It was a difficult Friday. We were just working to find a balance I liked. I think we have a good car most of the track, but we are really struggling in one particular area that the teammates aren’t. I think if we can resolve that, we have a top six to top 10 car – which is what we’ll obviously need to earn a decent starting spot tomorrow.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 UFD Honda was satisfied with his day and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
The UFD car was decent on reds (Firestone alternate tires). We still have a little to tweak to be further up than the top six. We’re not completely out of the ballpark, but we need to be a little better.