Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 MilitaryToMotorsports Honda had a strong qualifying for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway as he starts the race from fourth place with a qualifying speed of 186.824MPH. Speaking following the session, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
The Military to Motorsports Honda was good, no doubt about it. There was a big change in track conditions from just two hours ago. It was a good two laps – I’m happy with it. We qualified fourth and had a strong run for the team. It’s definitely a handful out there, I hope the fans get quite the show tomorrow night because we’re working really hard out there.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from eighth place having set a two lap average of 184.706MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We thought we’d be a bit better than eighth. We’ll have to go back and look at it, we were a little bit conservative with our run. The track conditions really improved from earlier today so it’s interesting. We just didn’t get everything out of it. But tonight’s practice is, I think, the most important session of the weekend – aside from the race. Hopefully we can make up some ground tonight, setup our car for tomorrow and get the DHL Honda up front.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 Oberto/Circle K Honda will start the race from 20th however post qualifying, Andretti’s crew discovered a mechanical issue with his car and are working hard to get the car sorted for the race tonight.
Speaking following qualifying, Andretti commented by saying:
Not where we wanted to end up in qualifying. We’re going to work tonight to just get a good race car for tomorrow. Halfway through a stint around a track like this, things are going to get difficult. We need to get the 98 comfortable from Lap 15 to 50 on tires. We were a lot too low on our qual run – we weren’t expecting the big pace gain. I was just bottoming everywhere and at the limit of the deck of the car. After qualifying we found that the skid was pulling down, and we were bottoming in third gear. That caused our struggle and lost time. We’re going to need to make some headway and work our way back in the race. Hoping to put on a good show and get a good result with for our Oberto Circle K throwback.
Zach Veach had a tough day at the office and will start the race from 23rd place and speaking following the session he said:
“I don’t know what we’ve done from the test to now. At the test, we had a really good car, but since we’ve come back we just haven’t had it. Every time we get into a corner, it feels like I’m saving my life. The guys have been working insanely hard to try and fix it, we just don’t have a lot of time to figure it out with only a one-hour session before qualifying. Hopefully we can work with the teammates and figure it out tonight, but we’re going to have a long day tomorrow working our way back up.