Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda will roll off from second place for the inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas on Sunday.

The Californian set a fastest time of 01:46.1761s and speaking following the day’s action he said:

like to say I’m satisfied for second, but I know we had the speed for the pole position. We only went out for one lap in the (Firestone) Fast Six and I think the the thing that is bothersome is it was a good lap. (Will) Power just put together what he needed to secure pole which is why he has almost 60 poles – he’s good at that. I missed it a bit into the final corner to open the lap. I knew I was in an uphill battle from there. A front row start is good – it’s a big turnaround for us from St. Pete where we weren’t really that competitive, we were just floating around in fifth and sixth. To be challenging for the pole this weekend is great and a testament to Andretti Autosport and everything the NAPA AUTO PARTS team has done.”

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from third place and speaking following the session where he set a time of 01:46.3228s and speaking following the action he said:

“I think we have a chance tomorrow, especially on used tires. I was going for everything out there, but really struggling with some rear lock in the brake zones so I had to take a bit easy in those. I was on a pole lap until I hit Turn 15, I was just trying to get a little more time out of it and locked up the left front which put me a little wide. That’s how tight it is in IndyCar – you have to go for every little bit. Congrats to Will (Power) on his 56th pole position. I thought the DHL car had a good shot at it, but we are starting third tomorrow and can win from there.”

Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from ninth place with a time of 01:46.5421s and speaking following the day’s action he said:

I think qualifying was really good – I just got a little too aggressive. I asked for a little more front wing trying to go for it and I had the lap going to get us into the (Firestone) Fast Six. Then the extra turn of front wing bit me in the esses. From where we started this weekend to where we are now, I am pretty happy with the No. 26 Gainbridge car. As long as you are in the top 10, we can race from there and I am happy to be rolling off ninth.”

Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda starts the race from 20th place with a lap of 01:48.6521s and speaking following the day’s action he said:

I think we have a really good race car and that is why I’m kind of bummed in our qualifying result. I think if we had some track position we’d be able to grab a good result – that’s been the story of the past few years and I need to qualify better. We definitely need a little bit of luck, too. I didn’t even get a true lap in before the red flag was waved. We’ll be in attack mode tomorrow and will do our best to work the U.S. Concrete machine through the field.”

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