Power Felt Really Fresh Heading Into Qualifying
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet said that he felt really fresh going into qualifying after having a nap between final practice and his qualifying run.
The defending Indianapolis 500 winner scored his 55th career pole position and his eighth on the streets of St Pete.
Speaking following the action he said:
I had a great nap before I qualified. I actually fell asleep, so I felt really fresh. Honestly, I didn’t expect to be on pole because we had used tires. We didn’t have new (tires) like a couple of the other guys so, over the moon man, over the moon to start on pole. I really am happy. It’s about time a pole winner won this race, so I want to stop that trend of the last place guy winning. So, we’ll do our best. That last run, the car felt really good. I have to say it was a very neat lap and I didn’t really leave anything on the table.
Power is joined on the front row by his team mate Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet.
Speaking following the track activity, the Tennessee native said:
“It was a medium start to the weekend. We weren’t bad and we got a top 10, but we weren’t crazy stellar. We definitely found our footing this morning and made the car really good. Everyone really executed today. I’m only disappointed in myself. I didn’t put together the best lap there when it really counted. We did a great job getting into the Firestone Fast Six as a team, so you can’t be dissatisfied. It’s really positive for the whole organization. Team Chevy did a really good job and worked really hard overnight for us to make sure what got what we needed for the No. 2 Hitachi Chevy. Thank you to Chevy for giving us everything we need. It’s hard to not be disappointed when you’re quick and we had a little better tires. We were on the preferred tire and you want to capitalize on them, but I messed up that first lap and booked it on the second. It was close, but wasn’t good enough.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet starts the race from 13th place on the grid and speaking following the action he said:
“I didn’t get to play. It was quite unfortunate. I wasn’t even able to go full speed. We had two red flags in the wrong spot for us. It’s really unfortunate because I felt that the No. 22 Menards Chevy was awesome. We made a huge improvement today and the car was awesome this morning. I’m just a little disappointed I didn’t get to showcase what the team has been working on. Obviously, my teammates are starting one and two and had not what gone down, I would have been right there with them. That’s the only frustrating part, but you can’t dwell on that. That’s outside factors you can’t control. We’re going to regroup and go hard tomorrow.”