Andretti Autosport had a solid start to their NTT IndyCar Series weekend at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday.
Speaking after setting the fifth fastest time of the day, Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda commented saying
This morning was difficult because there were a lot of red flags and we started out with a damp track – so we didn’t really get a proper run. The second session was more indicative of our general pace and how the NAPA car is feeling. The big mystery to take away from today is the Firestone Reds were a lot worse for me, and it’s unusual for the Reds to be slower. We’ll have to understand why that is and work through it, but it was the same for the whole field. With that being said, we’re a tenth out of being P1 so we’ll keep chipping away at it to hopefully get to our third Fast Six tomorrow.”
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the day in sixth place and speaking afterwards he said:
The car was a handful – it was tough out there today. I don’t know why; I think everybody is kind of dealing with that. Overall, lap times just aren’t where they were last year for the whole field. We’ll just have to look into it and see what’s going on, but I think everybody has their hands full. I’d like to get a win here this weekend for DHL and get Honda back to victory lane in Alabama. It’s been a couple races since our last win, so we’re looking to get back there.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda ended the session in tenth place and speaking afterwards he said:
reds (Firestone alternate tires) seemed like blacks (Firestone primary tires) and the blacks seemed like reds, so I’m in a mentality of being prepared to qualify on the blacks. We’re a little on the loose side of town, because we got caught out. What we had expected to happen, didn’t happen, so we need to adapt.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda ended the day in 13th place and speaking following the day’s action he said:
Things have been up and down, but I think that’s because we are really close to a breakthrough. We’re so close to being able to run up front consistently – it’s just every now and then we keep going over it. Once it finally clicks it will be good for all of us. It’s definitely slick out there, we’re seeing things that we haven’t really found at Barber before, especially with the Reds. I don’t think anyone went faster with Reds on. We had a big save at the top of the hill that definitely woke me up, but it worked out okay.”