The Dale Coyne Racing Team had a tough race at Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama as Luca Filippi in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda started the race from 12th place but had a disappointing event as he ended the 90 lap event in 18th place and speaking following the race the Italian commented by saying:
The start was good. There was a bit of a mess in Turn 5. Everybody had to slow down quite a lot and I was on the inside. Somebody turned around on the outside, so everybody suddenly came closer to me and I had a bit of damage on my front wing. It wasn’t big but we had to carry that for the entire race. The balance of the car was still good but we probably lost a bit of overall downforce and performance. The pack was so tight and the pace was the same for everybody so the strategies and pit stops became very important. I was quite happy with the balance of the car and I don’t think our pace was that bad. It’s just that it didn’t work out as I wanted it to. Unfortunately, every time I was leaving the pits on new tires, I always had someone in front of me so I never could make the strategy work as we wanted. It didn’t really turn our way.
Conor Daly in the No.18 Johnathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda started the race from 17th place and came home in 20th place and following the race he commented by saying:
The start was bad. It was just a massive stack up and the same thing that happened on the first start was about to happen on the second start if I didn’t just jump out of the way of the guys in front of me. We have to think about the way we start these races. I hate rolling starts. I think we should be doing standing starts on road courses. It was just tough from then on. It was a difficult race. It’s just a shame. Plus, it’s almost impossible to pass out there. We made a few passes work but it doesn’t matter when you’re that far back.