Bryan Herta Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda says he will have to dig deep and nail his performance during qualifying for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil which takes place this weekend.
Andretti end Fast Friday in first place with a fastest speed of 231.802MPH and speaking following the action he said:
The 98 car is fast in a tow. I’m not sure how fast it is on its own. Right now, I think we’re right on the bubble of the Fast Nine and we’re going to have to absolutely nail it to get it in – but so is everyone, I suppose. Conditions tomorrow could vary, it always depends on weather and cloud cover and the cooler temps always help. We’re lining up later in the day, so we’ll see how it goes.
It was a great session for Stefan Wilson as the Sheffield native ended the day in ninth place in the No.25 Driven2SaveLives Honda with a fastest speed of 229.273MPH and speaking following his day, Wilson said:
Yesterday was a bit of a tough day, so it was great to come back today. We struggled a bit initially, but I think we really hit on something. I’m extremely thankful to the team for really pushing us forward and it’s really nice to have quick teammates that have been able to give me good setups to work off. Now we just have to focus on tomorrow and put our best foot forward and work to put it in the show.
Alexander Rossi who took victory in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in 2016 and he ended the day in 10th place with fastest speed of 228.194MPH and speaking following the session he said:
Today was another improvement overall, I think. P2 on the no-tow, and second quickest Honda is kind of where we’ve been, but I think the car is definitely a step better. All we’re focusing on is qualifying and, I think, if we execute tomorrow we can be in the Fast Nine and that’s the goal right now. Hopefully there’s no curveballs that prevent that from happening. Hopefully the weather stays consistent so what we learned today is as useful tomorrow.
Carlos Munoz in the No.25 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda ended the day in 22nd place with a fastest speed of 228.028MPH and speaking following on track action he commented by saying:
I think I’m really happy with the balance of the car right now. We just need to find a bit more speed compared to some of our teammates. But, this is Indy, I think… sometimes you just don’t understand why things happen. One day to another everything can change. The goal tomorrow is going to be as far to the front as possible. It is going to be hard to get into the Fast Nine, but we will see what we can do.
Ryan Hunter Reay was 15th overall and speaking his day in the No.28 DHL Honda he commented by saying:
All the speed in the car is not really where we were hoping to be – but we made some gains early in the day. We’re just trying to eek out as much as we can. We’ll see, tomorrow will be a different day and a different wind direction. We’ll put our best foot forward and hopefully qualify somewhere mid-pack. I think that’s the best we can hope for at the moment. On a positive note, we qualified 19th here in 2014, so as long as we have a good race car – that’s what matters.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Group One Thousand One Honda ended the day in 17th place and speaking following the action he said:
Our practice week has come to a close with Fast Friday. I think we’re in a pretty good spot to see what speed we can show tomorrow. Our goal has been the same all week – just put a package together that can get us into the top nine. We’re looking inside there by a small bit right now. I think with the right changes overnight, it’s a possibility. We’ll see how the day unfolds and what the conditions are like tomorrow.