Andretti Autosport Indy Opening Day Report

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Andretti Autosport at IMS
OPENING DAY
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE
OPENING DAY REPORT
05.15.17
No. 27 UNITED FIBER & DATA HONDA
  • Finished Opening Day at the top of the charts with a speed of 226.338 mph
“We were sort of trying to check the bigger setup item boxes today, the ones that took — the changes that take long. That’s why we were down for a lot of the day, and we got some good answers. You know, that’s all you can ask for. We’re trying to get the bigger items done now so you can start tuning mid-week and later in the week with the UFD car on the smaller things, so we need to make big changes now, which we’ve been doing, and quite pleased with the starting car.
“Obviously, the team ran good here last year. And the car felt good when I tested for Fernando and still feels good, so that’s good. We need to keep it there, if not improve a bit more.”
No. 28 DHL HONDA
  • Finished fifth overall on day one of Indianapolis 500 practice clocking a top speed of 224.576 mph
“It’s great to be back on track at IMS. We had a good first day of preparation for the ‘500,’ I think we checked off the boxes we wanted to today, which was getting a better understanding of our car in traffic and alone. I think we had more speed, but we never threw another set of tires at it. With a new tire run, I think we could have been up there with (Marco Andretti), which is good. The DHL Honda has speed in it and looking forward to the week to come.”
No. 26 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA
  • Rounded out today’s top 10, setting a high speed of 223.587 mph
“It great to be back at the Speedway, especially I was looking forward to driving with Andretti Autosport at the Indianapolis 500. The car worked really well today as expected, no surprise the car, it was straight away out of the box very consistent and very stable, and building up the confidence helped a lot. At the end of the day we did the first group run of my life — in racing you do get to drive in traffic, but I’ve never done it with three other teammates all together, particularly on day of running. (Having teammates to run with) is the best environment you can possibly imagine, so I feel very positive and very confident. But it was a good day and I’m looking forward to more progress to come.”
No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / CURB HONDA
  • The reigning Indy 500 winner finished today’s practice session 13th at a high speed of 223.481 mph and third on the no-tow list
“It was a pretty good first day. There is always a lot of down time, I think, on Day 1 to have everything in order. A P3 on the no-tow list is pretty good and the NAPA car there at the end of the day felt pretty strong. So, it’s a good starting point and we’ll keep moving forward tomorrow.  
No. 29 MCLAREN HONDA ANDRETTI
  • The two-time Formula One World Champion turned 20 laps in the afternoon session, clocking a top speed of 223.025 mph
“It was good. Good day. I will a little bit concerned about the conditions, about the temperature, much hotter today than the test we did here on the 3rd (of May). But no, the car felt good, felt as good as in the test, and I was able to make some setup changes, without, as I said, losing the confidence in the car. Everything went very smooth.  
“The last half an hour maybe we had some issues with the rear suspension, and we could not complete the program that we were planning to run a little bit in traffic at the end of the day, so we missed that part, but overall it was an amazing day. Happier than the first day with the car because I was able to feel some of the setup changes that we were planning in the morning, and I feel good.
“Not much running in traffic, so still the thing that I need to go through in the next couple of days, so that is something we need to chase tomorrow in the program. But I did two or three laps behind some cars that were going out of pit lane, and it was good fun, so I’m looking forward, and running along is enough.”
No. 50 MICHAEL SHANK RACING W/ ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
  • The rookie completed most of phase two of ROP before suffering a mechanical issue resulting in contact in Turn 2, finishing today 31st overall with a speed of 214.473 mph
“It’s been a pretty challenging day for what was meant to be an easy process. We had some issues this morning, but we had managed to work through them. To have that happen, and I don’t know what did happen apart from I went to turn in and (the car) went straight. I was coming out of the pits. I wasn’t even going fast. I was probably not even going 100 mph. It was so bizarre. We had just done a long run and had pitted because there was a yellow flag and then had that. Hopefully it’s the last time we come to the medical center.”

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