Carlin Racing’s first qualifying session in the Verizon IndyCar Series turned out to be quiet difficult for the Florida based outfit.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet will start Sunday’s 110 lap season from 20th on the grid with a 01:01.3360s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
That’s the end of our first INDYCAR qualifying effort for Carlin. Both cars made big improvements throughout the weekend. Every time we went out, we felt better about the car balance and overall performance. Both Charlie and I felt pretty happy with our laps, but we were just lacking the speed we needed to advance into the second round. We aren’t where we’d like to be quite yet, but the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet is now definitely in a place where I’m happy with the balance which gives us a good race car. I think we should do better in the race tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to green flag.
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba® Chevrolet will start Sunday’s race from 21st place and speaking following the session he said:
“Our qualifying result might not have been exactly what we wanted, but at the same time we made progress every session on-track especially during qualifying. The No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet has run without any mechanical issues this whole race weekend so far and that’s a credit to the work of Trevor (Carlin), Colin (Hale), and all the mechanics at Carlin. We’re making progress, we’re learning. With new bodywork, there’s a lot to learn aerodynamically and mechanically for everyone. We’re making good progress and we’re learning quickly. I know we’ll be ready to put a good, clean race together tomorrow.”