Disappointment For Penske In Qualifying At Barber Motorsports Park

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Team Penske endured a tough qualifying session for today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park as for the first time since the Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2014 the team failed to get a car into the Firestone Fast Six.

Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet will start the race from seventh place having set a time of 01:08.8248s and speaking following the action the Australian said:

“I aborted the lap because I pushed wide in Turn 17, but I shouldn’t have. When I think about it, you’re only a tenth down on the eight-five (1:08.5) I did. If I just would have done an eight-seven, I would have been fine. That was my bad. We struggled all weekend. It’s a tough track to pass on, so it would have been nice to start in the Firestone Fast Six. There are some good guys out there and we’re going to have to work harder to beat them in the Verizon Chevy. It’s been a tough weekend with some of the practice sessions being so short. We’ll have a good think about it for the race and see what we can come up with.”

Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet starts the race from 14th place having set a fastest time of 01:08.7943s. Speaking following the action he said:

It was definitely a tough qualifying session with a lot of champions in that second group. I felt like I gave it everything I had there, but we’re talking like five-hundredths of a second to try to transfer to the next round. We didn’t leave anything on the table, so we have a little bit more work to do to be ready for the race. Everyone on the Menards Chevrolet team will be focused on getting everything right tomorrow to get a good result.

Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald USA Chevrolet will start the race from 16th place after setting a fastest time of 01:08.8700s and speaking following the session the championship points leader said:

We gave it all we had in the Fitzgerald USA Chevrolet, but we just didn’t have enough to advance. We are kind of scratching our heads as to why, but we just didn’t have enough speed overall to move on. I have all the confidence in the world in our Team Penske guys to figure it out. This is why you have a great team. We’ll work on it tonight and we’ll come back tomorrow and be ready to go in the race.

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