Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly in the No.88 BC Forever Honda and Pippa Mann in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda will start Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway from 20th and 21st place respectively.
Daly who has never raced at Pocono Raceway set a two lap qualifying average speed of 214.757mph and speaking following his qualifying run, Daly commented by saying:
We picked up speed from where we were in practice so that’s good. It’s a matter of just learning everything. There’s so much to learn and so much to understand about these cars in qualifying and if you’re going to really try and trim it out. We were very conservative on downforce so we sort of expected to be where we are. We’re here to get through 500 miles of the race and to have a good strong result come the end of the weekend. For me it’s just about experience. Experience is paramount here. To get through those 500 miles and learn from everyone around me will be the main goal. The track is really cool. It’s very challenging though because (turn) three is different to (turn) one, and one is daunting in the way that it makes the car feel in the middle of the corner. There are a lot of G forces and a lot of downforce. Whereas two and three are much flatter, so really challenging to learn at such a high rate of speed.
Pippa Mann returned to the cockpit of a Verizon IndyCar Series machine for the first time since the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May on Saturday driving the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda.
Mann will start Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway from 21st place and speaking following the session she commented by saying:
So far I think it’s been a challenging weekend. We knew it was going to be tough coming here with Conor (Daly) not having been here before and myself being out of the car since May and not getting to test. I think we’re all a little disappointed with how challenging it’s been. That said, we’ve got another practice session this evening, so we’ll keep working to make both of our cars better and then it’s a 500-mile race tomorrow. It’s a really long race and if we can get the car in the window and drive a smart race there’s no reason that we can’t turn this weekend around and have a good day.