Carlin Racing’s endured a tough qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Patricio O’Ward in the No.31 Chevrolet will start the race from 18th place having set a time of 01:08.9011s.
Speaking following the action O’Ward said:
“We just haven’t really figured out the balance of the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet. We worked on it with the blacks (Firestone primary tires), but we just couldn’t get it right with the reds (Firestone alternate tires). I’m really struggling with the reds for some reason. Either the front works and the rear doesn’t, or the rear does and front doesn’t – it’s just not a happy balance at all right now. We’re on pace with the blacks, but we just need to figure out how to make the reds work for us. At the end of the day, we’re just not where we want to be at all.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet starts the race from 22nd on the grid having set a qualifying time of 01:09.0566s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
Barber (Motorsports Park) is just proving how difficult and challenging it is. I felt pretty fired up for that one (lap), but I think I might’ve made a mistake in Turn 1. Around here, it’s so close and unless you give 100 percent, you’re not going to qualify up front, so I’m glad I gave it a big push and everything the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet had. Patricio O’Ward and I are very similar in time, so I think we got as much as we could out of both of the Carlin Chevrolets. It was a bit of a weird day with none of the (Team) Penske or Andretti (Autosport) cars making it into the Firestone Fast Six, so I think it’s just one of those times that if the track suits your car you’ll be up front and if it doesn’t, you won’t.”