Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts AutoNation Honda says that Friday’s action was kind of irrelevant after he ended the opening day of track action at Mid-Ohio ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline in fourth place with a time of 01:07:7245s and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“Today is kind of irrelevant — and it was an interesting perspective. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. It’s a more important day with qualifying. There’s some areas where we were surprisingly good, others were kind of weird. We’ll see how it evolves as the weekend goes on. As always you’ve got to stay on top of the tracks and the conditions. We’re back in the NAPA colors this weekend and looking forward to having all the fans here with us for the 4th.”

James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 #ShiftToGreen Honda ended the day in tenth place with a time of 01:07:8223s and speaking following the action the Mayor of HinchTown said:

“Unfortunately, we had a couple places that were strong tracks for the team last year that didn’t necessarily roll off strong for us this year. It’s no secret it’s been a bit of a struggle across the board, but specifically on our car as well. It was nice to have a clean session. Certainly, a lot of what the team did successfully last year transferred to first practice. We will see how the track evolves as the days get hotter and hotter. As the weekend goes on, that will be changing things for us. It’s nice to have the Capstone car in the top 10 to start the weekend and we will keep building on that.”

Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda ended the day in 14th place with a time of 01:08:0330s and speaking following the action he said:

“We ended the day P14, but we found some stuff to work on the car. Most of the stuff we tried didn’t end up working, unfortunately. For most of the session, the track was really dirty so a lot of practice was spent cleaning off the track. Obviously, we had the weekend off so a lot of the session was getting back in the groove of things. We’ll be ready for tomorrow.”

Ryan Hunter Reay was 15th in the No.28 DHL Honda with a time of 01:08:0740s and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“It was a quick, strange practice. The track was really slick and we didn’t get a clean lap in because of traffic, but I think everyone else had the same story. I think tomorrow will essentially be our first practice because it didn’t really shake out well today, so we’ll try it again tomorrow.”


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