Will Power Secures Team Penske’s 250th Verizon IndyCar Series Pole Position At Indy
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet will start today’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the road course from pole position having set a time of 01:07.7044s and speaking following the session, the Australian commented by saying:
The car was great on used tires, and I thought on the new tires, I had a bit of understeer. I thought that it would really come in on used tires. In the Firestone Fast Six the car had a fantastic balance and did a really neat lap. I was actually up on the second set and then got too greedy at the end. Really cool to start at the front again, really determined to have a good race. I’ve been knocking on the door every week, and one is going to go our way here soon. You put yourself in that position, it’ll happen. That’s the plan.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Verizon Chevrolet will start the race from second place and speaking following the session, the Brazilian commented by saying:
I’m really excited. Now in the Verizon colors, it’s going to look good, actually, the front row between the Verizon super aero, so looking excited to be honest, especially in a place here that’s always very tough and is very technical. I had up and down for the first time we’re at least very consistent during qualifying. Jonathan Diuguid, my engineer, and all the rest of our engineers, they work really well together, and let me tell you guys, it’s tough. When you put all of those guys together, you have a little bit of strategy going on, and obviously it’s very tough. But Will right now is definitely qualifying — like I said before, when you match a good driver with probably where he feels comfortable and with a good car, I mean, he’s made a very good lap. Excited for tomorrow. Hopefully we have a good, clean start, and see what happens in the race.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet will start the race from third place and speaking following he commented by saying:
We’ve not had a strong result (here at the INDYCAR Grand Prix). Last year qualified in the Firestone Fast Six but went to the back with a penalty. It’s never been kind with one thing or the other, but that doesn’t mean much for tomorrow. I’m not going to be looking at history to try and figure out how our day is going to go tomorrow. I think we had fast cars all weekend. We had all our guys pretty much up there, and Will (Power) was really good. He laid down a good lap. I think we’re going to be hard pressed to beat our teammates. That’s what we’ve got to do tomorrow is beat Will, bet Helio (Castroneves, beat Juan (Pablo Montoya), and you can never count out (Scott) Dixon. I think he’ll be strong in race conditions. It’ll be tough. Hopefully we can right the wrongs we’ve had here in the past.
Despite being out of the car since the end of last season, Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet did a fantastic job as it was if the Colombian has not been out of the car as he will start today’s race from fifth place just ahead of Sebastien Bourdais.
Speaking following the session, Montoya commented by saying:
I thought it was pretty good. The last run when we saw that Will ran, I mean, when I ran that flat the second session, I ran whatever it is, the 68 flat in the second session, I made a couple mistakes, and I thought, I got probably an 80 or something in me, I’m going to give it a go, and instead of going faster made a couple mistakes went slower in the first lap, and in the second lap I really nailed the start of the lap and I nailed Turn 12 and when I went to Turn 13 spun the tires and bad spun. Yeah, I got it like just a big drift, and when I went to the extra time, I was fourth ends in one second corner. That’s it. But it’s okay, last time I qualified was September or something last year, so I feel pretty good. I’m working with a new engineer with Raul and with Ron Ruzewski, and we seem to have really good chemistry, doing a really good job together, and to be honest, making — our goal was to make the Fast Six, and we did, and to be honest, we had pace to be second fastest today no problem. I missed it by a tenth and a half, and I made a hundred mistakes in the lap.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud who is the defending race winner here will start the race from seventh place in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet. Speaking following the session, the Frenchman commented by saying:
It just didn’t work out and wasn’t our day. The Menards Chevy team worked really hard throughout the day, but it doesn’t always go the way you’d like. We’ll start seventh which isn’t terrible. We came from the back at St. Pete. You never know what’s going to happen. I feel really good about the car and look forward to a good result tomorrow in the race.