“Certainly much better than last year (at Long Beach). This team has worked so hard over the offseason and we’ve all worked together – that’s the important thing – a lot of testing and we’ve definitely found a good direction now. It’s great to have this yellow and red DHL Honda back up where it belongs, back up in the sharp end of the grid, especially here at Long Beach. It’s been such a special track for me both personally and professionally. To be starting up front like this is definitely a nice surprise, it’s a nice break over what we experienced on the street courses. So far, we’re checking off the boxes. It’s a long way to go and we have a lot of work to do, tomorrow is going to be a tough race. But, the weather is beautiful here in Southern California, the fans are great, the crowd is unbelievable for a Saturday and we’ve got everybody here from DHL. Big thanks to the Andretti guys for such hard work and hopefully we can make them all proud tomorrow.”
- Qualified 3rd
- Battled for the front row but came up just short behind Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon
- This will be Hunter-Reay’s first top-three start since Belle Isle in 2016 (2nd)
Qualifying for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach is in the books with Ryan Hunter-Reay leading the way for Andretti Autosport’s stable of four. Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti all advanced to Round 2 of qualifying where both Rossi and Hunter-Reay put down strong laps to advance to the Firestone Fast Six.
The 85-lap race goes green at 4:30 p.m. ET with live broadcast on NBC Sports Network starting at 4 p.m.