Team Penske endured a tough qualifying for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who held the qualifying record until Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball took the Verizon P1 Award. Power will start the race from ninth place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had a good run in qualifying, but we needed a little more. We’ll start ninth which isn’t terrible but not ideal either. We still have final practice and are ready to look for more speed. The No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team and myself have some ideas we’re ready to try. Our cars have been good in the races all season and there’s no reason to think that will change.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 AAA Insurance Chevrolet rounded out the top ten in qualifying having set a fastest speed of 221.200MPH and speaking following the session, the Brazilian commented by saying:
We’re going to start 10th in tomorrow’s race here at Texas. It’s not what I hoped for, but the No. 3 AAA Chevrolet team and myself have some things we want to work on for final practice. The one thing about this track is that you never know what’s going to happen. It always has a surprise or two. We’re ready to get back on track soon.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet will start Saturday’s race from 12th place on the grid and speaking ahead of the race, the Frenchman commented by saying:
I was really hoping for more for our No. 1 DXC Technology Chevrolet. We ran about the same in practice as qualifying. It’s OK. We’re going to work on the car more before final practice and see what we can figure out and go from there. I do think we’ll have a good car for the race, though.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet will start Saturday’s race from 17th place and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
I’m a little bummed about where we qualified. We worked on the car during first practice and couldn’t find the speed we needed to head into qualifying. It’s disappointing, but the No. 2 Hum by Verizon Chevy team and I are looking forward to final practice to see what we can do to find more speed. We’ll be able to get things sorted out and be ready for the race tomorrow night.