Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato in the No.26 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda made his first appearance in the Firestone Fast Six since the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course as he will start the race from third place on the grid.
“[Qualifying was] very good. The team worked extremely well with the four cars and we were very competitive for all the practice sessions. I’m extremely happy with the performance of the Ruoff Home Mortgage car. I think the team has reached a good setup. P3 is very happy place for us and a good position for the race tomorrow.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 shopandretti.com Curb Honda will start the race from ninth place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m pretty disappointed to miss the [Firestone] Fast Six after running so well this morning. We just went the wrong direction with a change in-session and it hurt us in the end. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we have a fast race car so we’ll work to get up front tomorrow.
Ryan Hunter Reay who topped the times on Friday was left disappointed by his qualifying performance as the driver of the No.28 DHL Honda will start the race from 10th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We just lost some grip in the car this afternoon. Things were obviously promising after yesterday’s session and leading the way, but coming into today and the morning session we had promise in the DHL car. We lost a little bit of where we were and tried to retrace our steps. In the end, we had an imbalance in the car and just missed it a bit. We didn’t quite have what I needed to get into the [Firestone] Fast Six. Here in the Verizon IndyCar Series, it all adds up. If you’re off just a little bit in the car it can make a big difference.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 CheckIt4Andretti Honda starts the race from 14th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
[Group 2] was definitely a tough group, but we needed to beat everybody anyway – that was the goal. The car just didn’t turn enough for us to get there. We basically qualified our race car, I think, and were a bit too conservative [for qualifying]. We started the weekend really good – within a couple hundredths of the quick time in Practice 1, but we’ve gone back a bit which is obviously not the goal.”