Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda says that the team have a lot of work to do before next weekend’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The Canadian who starts his first Indianapolis 500 from 18th place on the grid following a four lap average speed of 226.296MPH commented by saying:
I’m confused by this whole thing… We were able to comfortably do a 228 this morning in the Lucas Oil car, and then we go out for qualifying, and I do a 226 and we didn’t change anything. Maybe we’re not catching the track conditions right – I don’t know – but the same thing happened yesterday. It’s just frustrating because now we have a lot of work to do ahead of the race. I have to say it’s still very cool to be able to start in my first Indianapolis 500.”
Jay Howard in the No.7 One Cure Honda starts the race from 28th place following a four lap average of 225.388MPH and speaking following the session he said:
Obviously I’m just really happy to have the opportunity to go out there and give the One Cure car a good qualification effort. The pace is certainly not there or what we expected. We went out for practice this morning and were considerably quicker than that [qualifying effort]. I guess I’m a little disappointed – we all want to go fast; that what we want to do as drivers. We’re in the race, that’s the most important thing.
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda starts the race from 32nd place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I don’t have any big issues with the track, it just comes down to not having a ton of qualifying speed this weekend. We are in the race and yesterday proved anything can happen. Obviously the important thing is making it in and we did. We were hoping for a much better session than that, but I think we have a good car for the race so I’m looking forward to next week and battling the field.