Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist was extremely impressive in his first qualifying session as an IndyCar driver in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing as the Brazilian will start Sunday’s 110 lap season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from third place on the grid.
The Brazilian set a fastest time of 01:01.7631s and speaking following the session he said:
I’m very happy with the whole team and with our performance throughout the whole weekend. I’m looking forward to my first INDYCAR race, my first time doing pit stops, saving fuel and saving tires, so I have a lot of things to learn yet. Tony (Kanaan, teammate) is a very special guy, he’s been helping me a lot, not just inside the track, but outside the track as well. And not just him, but A.J. (Foyt, owner), Larry (Foyt, team manager), and everyone on the team is helping me a lot because I’m a rookie. Tony is a very special guy and I’m super grateful to have him as a teammate. I grew up watching him and Helio (Castroneves), so having him as a teammate is a dream come true for me.
Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet made it two AJ Foyt Racing cars in the top ten.
The Brazilian set the 10th fastest time a 01:01.7631s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
: “I am extremely happy with the team effort so far this weekend. We came here with the intention to put two ABC Supply Racing cars in the top 10 and we actually did one better, putting one in the top 10 and another in the top three. I am looking forward to the race tomorrow