Romain Grosjean in the No.28 Delaware Life DHL Honda was delighted with his second NTT P1 Award of the season.
The French-Swiss driver said that he has been delighted with how the season has started following his second place finish last time out in Long Beach.
Speaking following qualifying, Grosjean said:
“We’ve done such a great job this year. The No. 28 Delaware Life/DHL Honda is awesome and I have three teammates that I can rely on. So, I went with that set-up with the baseline we have. I just didn’t want to mess it up on the last lap. As soon as we started the qualifying round, I knew we had it. We’re starting in the best position tomorrow and we have 90 laps to lead
Kyle Kirkwood in the No.27 AutoNation Honda spun coming out of pit-road on in the Fast 12, meaning that the Floridian was unable to advance to the Fast 6.
Speaking following the action he said:
I made a dumb mistake out there to be honest and I wish I wouldn’t have done that. I saw the No. 21 car in my rear view mirror and felt the need to push to make sure I didn’t impede on him. I ended up spinning and taking a strake off of our car. This hurt our down force and destroyed our session. I felt like we were gonna be right there in the Firestone Fast 6. Although its disappointing, I am happy because we know we’ve got a really fast race car once again.”
Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda starts the race from 14th with a time of 01:06.1850s and speaking following the action he said:
“The No. 26 Gainbridge Honda felt a little bit loose, but the balance felt good enough that I thought we should have transferred. Unfortunately, we didn’t, so we’ll have to look at what went wrong and why we were so slow because we shouldn’t be getting knocked out in the first round. I think we can still have a good race here tomorrow. The car feels good on used tires, but we’ll see more of that tomorrow. There’s a lot of different strategies with a two-stop and three-stop, so we’ll see what we can do.”
Devlin DeFrancesco in the No.29 Damon Honda starts the race from 18th place and speaking following the action he said:
“It was quite strange. We had an alright run on the first set in the No. 29 Damon Honda, but when we put the second set on and it just wasn’t there. We need to go and analyze why that happened, but it was definitely strange. It wasn’t where I thought we were going to end up – we have some work to do tomorrow.”