Ed Carpenter Racing enjoyed an extremely successful qualifying for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet will start the race from the front row alongside pole sitter Will Power from Team Penske. Hildebrand set a two lap average of 183.811MPH.
Speaking following the session, Hildebrand commented by saying:
So much credit to the team for giving me something I could be confident in out there. The first lap back out after the accident and we gotta go qualify the thing! After we crashed in Texas, the guys put the car back together without setting it up on the set up pad. We went back out in the middle of that race and it felt perfect, right on the money, so I will never question the guys getting the car back together again! The Fuzzy’s Vodka boys just did a great job. I feel good about where we qualified, obviously I would have liked to get the pole but I’m happy to be starting on the front row.
Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet will start the Iowa Corn 300 from fourth place on the grid after setting two lap average of 183.503mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was tricky. I think you’re seeing from everyone that it’s a lot different out there from how we practiced earlier. Especially those early guys getting caught out by it, there just wasn’t the same grip. I messed up trying to adjust it and got big loose in Turn 4. It hurt my second lap; I thought it was going to be a pretty good lap. It has been a weird day. JR (Hildebrand) had an accident, now he’s sitting in a pretty good spot for tomorrow. We went a little conservative with him coming off the accident, but when I saw him go out I thought it might be a pretty good just based on the way the conditions were. Both ECR cars are strong and it’s good to see some Chevys up front. We’ll work on having a good practice tonight and be ready to go tomorrow.