It Is Pretty Great To Qualify In The Top Ten

Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton on the Carlin pit wall at Indianapolis
 Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton on the Carlin pit wall at Indianapolis

Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet had a very impressive qualifying for Sunday’s season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

The Californian will start the race from eighth place having set a 01:01.0146s.

Speaking following the day’s action he said:

The Firestone alternates really have one good lap in them around here and on my best lap I was coming into Turn 10 up on my previous good lap time and came across the No. 88 in about second gear at the apex. I was able to slide by him, but I had to throw that lap out completely. My next lap, which was my best, just wasn’t quite good enough to move into the top six. Honestly, I’m really proud of the Carlin team and the progress we’ve made in 12 months. You know to come back in the No. 23 car this weekend with Novo Nordisk and to qualify in the top 10 is pretty great. I’m just looking forward to the green flag tomorrow to see what we can do with our solid qualifying effort.

Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet had a disappointing result as he starts the race from 24th place and speaking following the day’s action he said:

 “It was a disappointing day for the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet. We had an issue with the clutch in the first session that cost us quite a bit of track time, which you never want to happen in the last practice before qualifying. We aren’t starting where we want tomorrow, but now we have an opportunity to come from the back with an alternate strategy and get the result we know we can get.”


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