Luca Filippi in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Dale Coyne Racing Honda will start Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from 12th place after narrowly missing out on a place in the top ten.
Speaking following the session, the Italian commented by saying:
The top 12 was our aim in qualifying today. We are the third Honda so I think we did a good job. The car worked fine and we found a good set up. From my point of view, it was important to get to the Fast 12. Once in the top 12, we knew that there wasn’t that much to gain for us, so we focused on saving tires for tomorrow’s race. Now we have plenty of tires and plenty of options to decide what is best. So if we want to run mainly Firestone Reds we can, if we want to run blacks we can do that too. We decided to look towards the race and now we have to focus on getting a good consistent pace. Tomorrow, maybe the strategy could play out and it could be interesting.
Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Dale Coyne Racing Honda had a tough session and will start the race from 17th place just behind Takuma Sato and speaking following the session Daly commented by saying:
The great thing is that it is so close out there. When you finish a qualifying session and you’re four tenths off of Scott Dixon you feel pretty good. We just missed the next round by ‘that much’, by 0.05 seconds. That’s really disappointing because it felt really quick, it felt really good. For me, I think I left some on the table that I haven’t taken advantage of on this track, so I just need to work on things. It’s a really tough place for my driving style, I think it’s difficult for me to maximize the speed here. The good thing about this race is that there’s open strategic windows. We’ve got (Juan Pablo) Montoya back with me, (Ryan) Hunter-Reay, Marco (Andretti), no slouches are in the back of the field with us. We’re going to try and see what happens. I’d like to charge through early and then maybe get off strategy, but we’ll see.