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St. Pete pole-winner Grosjean says automobile feels “extra alive”

Grosjean and Andretti team-mate Colton Herta have locked out the front row while another Andretti car, that of series sophomore Kyle Kirkwood, will start from the third row. Former Formula 1 ace Grosjean, who took a pole position in his rookie IndyCar season with Dale Coyne Racing in 2021, was delighted to deliver his first

St. Pete pole-winner Grosjean says automobile feels “extra alive”

Grosjean and Andretti team-mate Colton Herta have locked out the entrance row whereas one other Andretti automobile, that of sequence sophomore Kyle Kirkwood, will begin from the third row.

Former System 1 ace Grosjean, who took a pole place in his rookie IndyCar season with Dale Coyne Racing in 2021, was delighted to ship his first P1 for Michael Andretti, however stated substantial enhancements to his automobile began final summer time. They have been then confirmed worthy in pre-season testing at Sebring and Thermal Membership.

“We improved so much from final yr as a group,” he stated. “I used to be impressed once I got here to Thermal, all of the efforts. It was take a look at. Sebring was one other good one.

“On monitor, clearly 27 automobiles, exhausting to get a lap. You by no means knew your finest efficiency. Having three of us within the Quick Six, locked within the entrance row, is fairly spectacular to start out the season.

“Grateful for the group. We labored actually exhausting from a tricky season final yr…

“The automobile felt rather more alive. Nashville was step one, Iowa was one other one, Laguna Seca was the third one. At Sebring and Thermal we tried back-to-back set ups with the one I struggled to drive; one hundred pc we discovered what I would like.

“There’s all the time bits and items we will enhance on the automobile, however this weekend as a group we have been very spectacular and hopefully we will carry that out within the race.”

Grosjean admitted that his spin into the grass on the remaining flip this morning was because of the sturdy tailwinds whereas beneath braking, however described it as “no large deal. We labored on the automobile, made some small changes for quallies and it labored effectively.”

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He predicted a tricky race from a wide range of opposition, however believes simply having three automobiles on the entrance will stack the percentages in Andretti Autosport’s favor.

“IndyCar is tremendous aggressive, we have seen the lap occasions in apply have been very tight,” he said. “The nice factor is that we have three automobiles up there, so we have now good probabilities as a group to seize the win.

“I’ll do the very best I can. I’ll work on the automobile for the [Sunday morning] warm-up to ensure we have now racecar, then we’ll do our greatest. As Colton says, if the automobile is nice sufficient to win, we win. If not, we end the place it’s.

“We now have good methods, nice guys behind it, and an excellent automobile as we speak. Colton was P1 a lot of the session. I used to be up there. Q3 labored effectively.”

Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda

Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda

Photograph by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Herta was brutally trustworthy about his remaining flying lap within the Firestone Quick Six, stating to NBC/Peacock that he was “as ineffective as gum on a boot-heel”. Afterward he added, “I simply missed it on that final run. We have been wanting actually good all day. Only a sloppy final lap. But it surely was nonetheless ok for P2…

“Yeah, that was a foul lap. I most likely did nearly every little thing improper that I may have. However I did a 5-5 [59.55s – same as Grosjean] within the run earlier than. I did not assume I may actually go a lot sooner than that if in any respect. Even when I did hook up a lap, I believe it will be actually shut with Romain.

“I believe within the 5s – that is just about absolutely the restrict of this place for these situations. Yeah, that is a very good lap.”

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Workforce proprietor and CEO Michael Andretti commented: “We have been very excited coming into this season. Pre-season testing went very effectively. We did loads of exhausting work over the winter. We felt fairly optimistic, however you by no means know what you might have till you get it on the racetrack. Looks like it is displaying the best way we hoped it will.”

Recalling 2022, which produced simply two wins for the group – one for Herta, one for the now-departed Alexander Rossi – Andretti stated: “We did have many races the place we had very quick automobiles, however we tended to do one thing improper, shoot ourselves within the foot a technique or one other. That is one other factor we have actually studied and labored on. Hopefully our pitstops can be higher and methods can be higher.

“If we simply function and do not make errors, we really feel like we’re in place for the entire yr…

“I really feel much more optimistic. I believe we actually studied ourselves and obtained actual trustworthy with ourselves the place we wanted to enhance. I believe we have finished it. Clearly the race goes to be one other factor. Hopefully we will have all 4 automobiles undergo the race with out making a mistake. If that occurs, I believe we have now an incredible shot at profitable…

“It is little issues that catch you out. We actually labored on attempting to be much more detail-oriented. Once more, I hope it pays off.”

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