A Really Good Day For Kimball
Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Fiap Chevrolet was really happy with how his Thursday went at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Californian completed 76 laps during the day, the most of any driver and had a fastest speed of 224.480MPH.
Speaking following the day’s action he said:
Another really good day in the books at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We moved the race setup a little bit further forward this morning, but I still have some questions to answer once we qualify for the race. We spent a little bit of time doing some single-car qualifying work this afternoon, and honestly, the foundation is there for the No. 23 Fiasp® Carlin Chevrolet. It’s just going to be a question of how it reacts when they turn that Chevy engine power up for Fast Friday and qualifying weekend.”
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet was 15th with a speed of 224.802MPH and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“We didn’t get quite as many laps in today as we did yesterday, but we got some really solid data for both qualifying and our race car, so I’m very happy with how the day played out. We were able to do quite a few qualifying runs early in the session before coming back to the garages to get the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet into race trim. We were just getting into our race running when the rain hit, so we didn’t get to do as much of that as we would’ve liked, but we’re feeling good about the direction we’re heading.
Patricio O’Ward was involved in a big crash during the morning but is ok saying:
“I’m OK. I haven’t really had a chance to see the replay, but it looks like I went for a ride. But I’m OK. I have a very good, strong team behind me and I’m sure we’re going to be back on track in no time. There’s two kinds of people at IMS: the ones that are going to hit the wall and the guys who already hit the wall. (About his on-track incident): “Oh, I hit hard. I felt it all through my body. I’m a bit sore, but the good thing is that we’re OK. It looks like I just lost it, I guess. There’s not much more I can say about that. I’m just happy I’m OK, and I know the team is going to get stuff ready for the next session or at least tomorrow.” (About the status of his backup car): “They are getting the spare ready.”