AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet had a great qualifying session for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner will start the race from 10th place on the grid a with a four lap average speed of 227.664MPH and speaking following the session, TK said:
What a great effort. As a team. A.J. (Foyt) and Larry (Foyt) put so much effort into this over the winter. They gave us everything I asked and they stepped up. I have a brand new car for this race, Matheus (Leist) has a brand new car. They spent every single dime to give us a good car. We’re a little team, but we’re having a lot of fun. This is for them. I told them today our pole is going to be 10th. This is pole in my books.
Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist had a fantastic session as the Brazilian Verizon IndyCar Series rookie will start his first Indianapolis 500 race from 11th place on the grid after setting a four lap qualifying speed of 227.571MPH in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
Speaking following the session, Leist commented by saying:
Since our first day here, the car has been quick. We knew that we could have a fast car today. I’m so happy for the team and for Tony (Kanaan). Both crews did an awesome job preparing us for qualifying. We were just fast. I think that if qualifying was yesterday and we had this car, we would probably be in the Fast Nine. I’m just so happy for this team. Everyone deserves it. I’m looking forward to the race now.” (About if he was expecting this success): “Yeah, I was expecting to be up front with Tony. I think that we both did a great job. I don’t feel the pressure. Normally, I get nervous, but I didn’t feel pressure. I think I’ve learned how to deal well with being nervous. The only thing that really makes me nervous was how track conditions were changing and how that would make the car feel different. After the first warm up lap, I could tell that I had more front grip than I had the rest of this week. Front grip makes the car a little more tricky to drive because you have to let the car go a bit, which is tough to do sometimes. It made the first couple turns difficult, but I figured out how to deal with it here. Now here we are, P11.
James Davison in the No.33 AJ Foyt/Bryd/Hollinger/Belardi Chevrolet who was criticized over the weekend for his comments about Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe will start the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 19th place on the grid after a four lap average speed of 226.255MPH.
Speaking following the session, the Australian said:
It’s been an incredible weekend for the team after our mishap on Friday. We had to endure a very long night, obviously it’s always depressing when you have a crashed car around here. We punched above our weight on bump day, and got ourselves in, but didn’t show our hand. We really laid it down on pole day to move from 33rd to 19th. It’s basically two days in a row the team has been rewarded for their hard work, making the show and moving up 14 positions on the grid. Unexpected results are always really nice in motorsports and we got that today with our improvement, substantially. Just very proud of the entire team and want to keep the momentum going next week.