Carlin Racing endured a tough opening day to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday. In the opening session Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet finished in 18th place with a fastest time of 01:09.6271s while in the second session the Englishman finished in 17th place with a fastest time of 01:09.8444s. Speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
It’s great to be back in Long Beach. I love this track, really any street course in general. We’ve been trying to build on a car setup without changing anything too fundamental and just get laps under our belts. We’ve learned that the reds (Firestone alternate tires) aren’t that strong around here, which I think everyone is seeing. We just need to take a look at the car tonight and make it better overnight for qualifying tomorrow.
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet said that the No.23 crew made changes to the car between sessions taking some of the set-up from Chilton’s car over to his own. In the opening session, Kimball finished the session in 22nd place with a time of 01:10.0010s while in the second session he ended the day in 20th place with a time of 01:10.1624s.
Speaking following the day of action, Kimball commented by saying:
We worked through a lot of changes today. Max (Chilton) was pretty good this morning, so we went more his direction with the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet. We had a couple of issues in the first practice, but we got those cleaned up for the second practice and introduced a few new issues in the second practice that we’ll need fix overnight. We had a yellow flag on what was going to be my best lap early in the second session. We can learn from what we did today and get everything ready to go for qualifying tomorrow. I think the conditions tomorrow are going to be pretty similar to today and then cooler on race day, so we’ll just have to adjust best as we can and move forward from there.