Power Leads A Penske 1,2,3 In Qualifying For The Indy Grand Prix
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet secured his 47th Verizon IndyCar Series P1 Award for Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis leading a Penske 1,2,3 sweep. The Australian set a fastest time of 01:07.7044s and will start the race just ahead of Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Verizon Chevrolet.
Speaking about the session, Power said the balance of the car was better on used reds and is very determined to have a good race on Saturday but he feels it will be tough to beat his team mate’s but he will do his best.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet will start the 82 lap race from third place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda ended the session as the fastest Honda car starting the race in fourth place. The best drive of the day was Juan Pablo Montoya who will start the race from fifth place taking part in his first Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying since the 2016 season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Sebastien Bourdais who won the opening race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg rounded out the Firestone Fast 6 for Dale Coyne Racing.
Defending Indy Grand Prix race winner and reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet starts the race from seventh place having just missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast Six. The Frenchman starts the race just ahead of Andretti Autosport pairing, Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda and Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda while Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top ten in the No.5 Arrow Honda.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda starts the race from 11th place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones did another fantastic job in the No.19 Honda as he will start the race from 13th place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton with Conor Daly in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing starting the race from 15th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda starts the race from 17th place just ahead of Carlos Munoz in the No.14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda starts the race from 19th place just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal while JR Hildebrand starts the race from 21st place for Ed Carpenter Racing. Takuma Sato rounds out the grid for Andretti Autosport in 22nd place.