Penske Get All Three Cars Into The Firestone Fast Six
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was the fastest Chevrolet powered car in qualifying for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach as the Australian will start the race from third place having set a fastest time of 01:06.8748s.
Speaking following the session he said:
It was great for all three of us to get in (to the Firestone Fast Six), considering how tight it’s been in practice. That was my aim, was just to get in the top six because I felt like I was struggling all week. The teams worked well. I think the car feels super good balance-wise, like I’m very happy with it. It was a mega lap Alex (Rossi) did. I couldn’t see myself doing that. But very good to be in P3.”
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet starts the race from fourth place with a time of 01:06.9096s and speaking following the action he said:
“It’s a much better starting position (than last week’s race), for sure. The Firestone Fast Six is great for the race. I think we’ll have a much better vantage point to the start of this thing compared to Barber. It’s hard to make something happen at 16th, but up in the top six, it makes a world of difference, so excited about that. Wish we had a little more today, honestly. I thought our car was great. My engineer Gavin (Ward) did a good job, the team did a good job. Wasn’t much missing from what I could feel. The car felt really good. We were just a little shy in performance, and we’ll chip away at it, figure out where that’s at, but I thought it was a solid run, and like you said, a great starting position, so we’ve got to be happy with that.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technologies Chevrolet starts the race from fifth place having posted a time of 01:07.1877s and speaking following the day’s action he said he said:
“We worked pretty hard. It’s pretty cool to see how hard Team Penske has been working all winter trying to figure out that street course setup and as we’ve shown today with all three cars being in the Firestone Fast Six, we’ve made a great improvement. I had a lot of fun driving the car all weekend. What a great track. It’s awesome to drive around here. The car was great. We just had a few more laps on the tires just like Graham (Rahla) did due to being in Group 2, but the car was fantastic and it was super competitive. I’m pretty pleased being fifth on the grid. We won from fourth in 2016, so why not.”