First Lap Blew Carpenter’s Mind As He Takes His Third Indianapolis 500 Pole
Verizon IndyCar Series team owner/driver Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet secured his third Indianapolis 500 pole position in six years after setting a four lap average speed of 229.618MPH.
Speaking following the session, Carpenter who is running three cars in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil this weekend, he commented by saying:
I’ve just got to thank my team. That first lap blew my mind. I figured we could run a 229 (mph) based on last night. My run last night actually wasn’t very good. The car wasn’t near as good as we’ve been. So, I knew had more left but I wasn’t expecting a 230 (mph), but the whole ECR team, especially the guys on my No. 20 car, they’ve put so much love into this car and it means everything to me to put us in a position like this. And to be able to share the top nine in this whole thing with Spencer (Pigot), his first time in the top nine with Preferred Freezer, and Danica (Patrick) with GoDaddy, we’re super happy to be here and obviously it couldn’t be possible without Fuzzy’s Vodka. Hopefully we can keep doing this a long time.
Spencer Pigot became a full-time Verizon IndyCar Series driver in 2018 having replaced JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet having previously been a road and street course driver with ECR for the past two years.
Pigot will start the race from sixth place on the grid having set a four lap average of 228.107MPH and speaking following the session the Florida native commented by saying:
It feels great to be in an awesome qualifying run here. I have massively improved from every other time I’ve run in this race so I’m definitely excited about that and the potential for us here next Sunday. ECR has done a great job this year and our team is doing really well. I feel like Ed has a really good shot for this race, especially after last night, but then again, I think all three of the ECR drivers do. It’s really great to be apart of this team, and I’m excited for what is in store this year in Indy.
It was a fantastic session for Danica Patrick in the No..13 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet who is competing in her final Indianapolis 500. Patrick not only made it into the Firestone Fast 9 but she she will start the race from seventh place on the grid after setting a four lap average speed of 227.859MPH and starts the race ahead of Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
Speaking following the session, Patrick said:
Before I went out, I kept saying I wanted it to be a boring run, well as boring as it can be when you’re going 230 miles per hour or more. I just wanted everything to be predictable and flow really well. I was able to chase the car with my cockpit adjustments and try and keep the speed in the car the whole run. These are tough conditions when its hot and humid out here, and the wind is up a little, but overall, my run was as boring as you can possibly get. I’m happy with it, and looking forward to next Sunday.