Andretti Autosport managed to get three of their four cars into the Firestone Fast 12 section of qualifying for Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race, the Honda Indy Toronto.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb/Honda was the fastest of the four cars setting the eighth fastest time of 01:00.0114s, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner will start tomorrow’s race just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton.
Speaking following the session, Rossi commented by saying:
Today was a big step forward from yesterday. I have to credit the team for making the right changes overnight – we were much more competitive today. I think we had a shot at the [Firestone] Fast Six, but the red flag at the end of the session only allowed us to have one lap. It’s harder for us to get fast lap times on new tires early in the stint than it seems for other teams. The [qualifying] result is unfortunate, but it’s a lot better than we were looking last night.
Takuma Sato in the No.26 #CheckIt4Andretti Honda will start the race from 10th place. Speaking following the session, the Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
I’m disappointed with the qualifying result. We had a good car and had a good lap time in the first round. We moved on to the second round and until the red flag, the car felt quite positive. We ran into traffic on the last lap of the session – there was only one lap to qualify after the red flag – so we didn’t make it. It’s a shame, but we will concentrate on tomorrow’s race. It will be a survival race and hopefully we will have a good car and good race tomorrow.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 UFD Honda will start Sunday’s race from just outside the top ten in 11th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The final result is not our full potential, we were faster than where we ended. We advanced to Round 2 and after the red flag, [Josef] Newgarden didn’t get going up to speed in front of us, so we had cold tires on the only lap we had to make it in [to the Fast Six]. I had to clutch in trying to open a gap and I still couldn’t get away from him. The tires were just too cold for the one lap and is disappointing because the UFD car had so much more in it.
It was a disappointing session for Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda as he will start the race from 16th place but will be aiming to replicate his third place finish from last weekend in Iowa.
Speaking following the session, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
The DHL car was the top Honda in the final practice heading into qualifying so things were looking good. We would have been challenging for the [Firestone] Fast Six but circumstances out of our control took us out in Round 1 of qualifying. I was on my fast lap – I had a lap that could have easily put us in the top six – when INDYCAR threw the red flag after the checkered for an incident on the track. It’s unfortunate and frustrating when you’re on the other side of it. I’ll do my best tomorrow to get to the front and have a strong showing for our sponsors and the fans.pHOTOGRA