Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.19 Paysafe Honda endured a tough qualifying for the opening race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

The Canadian will start Sunday’s 110 lap race from 22nd place having set a time of 01:01.8567s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

It was a tough session. We worked on the car all day. We struggled a bit in the morning practice and there are some places that I need to work on as well,” said the rookie. “That said, I’m confident we’ll be fine for tomorrow. I’m always better in the race. And judging by how the team did last year with the team starting in the back and Seb managing to win it and his teammate was third for a lot of the race, so I’m confident we’ll be OK.

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