Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet had a fantastic qualifying session for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course on Saturday. The Englishman will start the race from sixth place after setting a time of 01:06.6172s and gives Carlin their best starting position since joining the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018.
Speaking following the session, Chilton commented by saying:
It’s been a good weekend for us so far and I think it’s due in large part to the fact that we got to test here at Mid-Ohio last week. We were feeling pretty confident after we tested here, but it’s just so tight in INDYCAR, so you never know. I was so close to not getting through to the Firestone Fast Six and since we only had scuffed reds (Firestone alternate tires) left, we went out early in that final session just to get a lap on the timing sheets. We went into that final round of qualifying on 13 lap-old red tires, so I’m pretty happy with where we ended up. It’s amazing how qualifying can change your whole weekend and shift the momentum heading into the race on Sunday. While where you start certainly doesn’t guarantee where you are going to finish, qualifying well does make a huge difference, especially for a new team like us. If we can just keep it clean tomorrow, I will take care of the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet the best I can, and hopefully, we will come through with a great result for Carlin and Gallagher.
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet will start the race from 15th place after setting a fastest time of 01:05.9471s and speaking following the session he said:
First off, congratulations to Max (Chilton) and the whole Carlin team for making it into the Firestone Fast Six – just a really good job by those guys. It’s unfortunate for us because we were just a couple of tenths off from advancing into the second round. I will say that testing here last week was a huge asset for us, because had we not done that, we would have been so much further off after how choppy yesterday’s sessions were with all the reds and yellows (flags). Again, I’m really happy for the No. 59 crew – it just shows the progress that Carlin has been making and how we’re continuing to step up each and every time we get to the racetrack