Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz picked up on Friday at Road America where he left off from in Texas two weeks ago after securing his first IndyCar P1 Award the Colombian was the fastest Andretti Autosport car ending day one of the Kohler Grand Prix weekend in fifth place. Speaking following the session which saw him end the day as the second fastest Honda powered driver Munoz commented by saying:

I think it was a positive practice today compared to the test last week. We were a bit more competitive, but we still have work to do. I think the second practice we tried some stuff that just wasn’t as good (as the first practice). There is still one more practice tomorrow before qualifying and we will have to put everything together and set up a great car. Again, everyone is really close together in times, which shows everyone is very competitive in IndyCar. Overall, positive practice to follow the test we just had here.

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the day in ninth place with a fastest lap of 01:43.8425s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

I’m happy to be back at Road America, this is such a fun track and the fan support so far this weekend will be great. Now, I’ll have to tell you tomorrow after qualifying exactly how happy I am though (laughs). But we made progress today. Timing wise – we didn’t get our last tire run in, which was crucial to us. I think we were probably looking a time good enough for P3 for the DHL Honda had we gotten that run in.

Alexander Rossi who has raced at the Road America circuit before ended the day in 10th place in the No.98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda in the Bryan Herta Autosport Honda completing 15 laps with a fastest time of 01:43.8530s and speaking following the action on track he commented by saying:

It was an okay first day. The track is a little bit different than it was at the test, so we will need to try to understand why that is. Third through 16th is all within two-and-a-half tenths. If we find a little bit of speed we’ll be right in the top three which is good. But, there is still a big gap to the top two guys and we will have to try to figure out how to close in on that gap tonight.

Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber & Data/Snapple Honda ended the day in 12th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

I’m not feeling too bad after that run. Right now the guessing game is going to be what we need to do for balance on the reds (alternate tire). I’ve never run (the reds) here, only a couple guys have during a (tire) test last fall, so we just don’t know where the balance is going to go on reds. It’s going to be a bit of a guessing game for qualifying tomorrow. I think we’re going to be able to get aggressive with trying to get the UFD / Snapple car to turn and hopefully the reds will help the rear.

 

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