Carlin Racing’s strong pre-event test last week at the Mid-Ohio sports car course gave the team the foundation for a strong showing at the Honda Indy 200 this weekend.
In qualifying for the race on Saturday, Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet had a great session. The Englishman not only made it into the Firestone Fast 12 but he went on to make it into the Firestone Fast Six for the Verizon P1 Award shootout.
Chilton starts today’s race from sixth place on the grid having set a fastest time of 01:06.6172s.
Speaking following the qualifying session, Chilton said:
It’s been a good weekend for us so far and I think it’s due in large part to the fact that we got to test here at Mid-Ohio last week. We were feeling pretty confident after we tested here, but it’s just so tight in INDYCAR, so you never know. I was so close to not getting through to the Firestone Fast Six and since we only had scuffed reds (Firestone alternate tires) left, we went out early in that final session just to get a lap on the timing sheets. We went into that final round of qualifying on 13 lap-old red tires, so I’m pretty happy with where we ended up. It’s amazing how qualifying can change your whole weekend and shift the momentum heading into the race on Sunday. While where you start certainly doesn’t guarantee where you are going to finish, qualifying well does make a huge difference, especially for a new team like us. If we can just keep it clean tomorrow, I will take care of the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet the best I can, and hopefully, we will come through with a great result for Carlin and Gallagher.
Chilton’s progress in Mi-Ohio comes off the back of his team mate Charlie Kimball’s strong performance in Toronto last time out where he finished the race in fifth place.
Carlin’s progress in 2018 has really begun to take hold and it gives the team a great base to build on for the 2019 IndyCar season. Chilton has put himself in a great position to secure a great result for the team today in Mid-Ohio.