Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda endured a tough qualifying session for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Daly will start the final race of the Verizon IndyCar Series from 21st place just behind Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Hinchcliffe. Daly set a qualifying time of 01:17.6771s and speaking following the session eh commented by saying:
It was tough to find grip. We’ve had a tough weekend. I thought we’d be able to get a little bit more out of it, but I made a small mistake on our best lap in Turn 6, but honestly that wouldn’t have put us up much further maybe two positions. We’ve struggled here but tomorrow is another day and we’ll see what we can do during the race.
RC Enerson in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America/Trench Shoring Honda will start the race from 22nd place.
The rookie set a fastest time of 01:17.3264s and speaking following the qualifying session he commented by saying:
I think we’re still moving forward with the car, but it’s pretty difficult at this place. The track changes so much throughout the day. In the morning, it’s really cool out and the cars are really fast, and then you get to the afternoon and it’s super greasy. It’s kind of hard to judge that. I think we just missed it a little bit but I think we’ll be stronger in the race. We just have to keep up our pace tomorrow and then hopefully hit one of those yellows. I think we can do all right if we hit the strategy right and we keep the pace up, we can have a good result tomorrow.