Andretti Autosport had a very strong start to their Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports car course weekend as Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the day as the fastest driver with a time of 01:04.2961s and speaking following the session, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
Today was a good run – the DHL car was good, we just need some improvements on many of the right steps through from session to session. We didn’t test here a week ago, so it was nice to see that we had a good pace from last year. We could just roll out and improve from there. All in all, pretty good day. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow; we know everyone else is going to be improving. It’s amazing, if you look at P1 session times and see how close everything is, there is no margin for error. It’s going to be that way again all weekend, so we’re just happy to have a productive day and looking forward to another one of those tomorrow.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 ShopAndretti.com Honda ended the day in fifth place with a fastest time of 01:04.6358s and speaking following the day of on track action he commented by saying:
It was a good day today – I think we made a pretty good step forward each session in terms of car setup. I’m missing a little bit of speed compared to Ryan [Hunter-Reay], but I think we know where that is. Overall, I think it was a pretty positive day for the whole team and we will have a strong showing tomorrow for qualifying.
Marco Andretti was happy with his start to the weekend having ended the opening day at Mid-Ohio in seventh place and speaking following the day of track action he commented by saying:
Today was a good start for the 27 team, but we need to make some fine adjustments if we want to qualify in the [Firestone] Fast Six tomorrow. Overall, the whole team showed good pace, so I think we are on the right track.
Takuma Sato in the No.26 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda ended the day in 11th place and speaking following the session, the Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
“I think it was a productive day. As typical at Mid-Ohio, we started off around five seconds off the pace and then through the session it dramatically improved for the track revolution. We need to understand the balances better, but I think we made some good progress today for the Ruoff Home Mortgage team. Hopefully, we carry on this momentum and have a good day tomorrow.”