Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet was left disappointed after just missing out of the Verizon P1 Award for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
The Frenchman will start the event from 2nd place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Almost. We were just a little short. Actually, the DXC Technology Chevrolet was very enjoyable. The balance was perfect. Ben (Bretzman), my race engineer, and the whole crew have worked very hard on this car and it’s great when that pays off. Starting position here isn’t quite what it is at some other places since the race is 500 miles. A lot of things can happen. But the good thing is that the car has good balance and worked well in traffic during the morning session. I think we’ll have a good car for the race. I’m definitely looking forward to it
Series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet was left disappointed with his session as the Tennessee native will start the race from 14th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had a decent run, but not what we were looking for. The No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits team is going to be working hard on the car to try and gain some more speed. We’re going to try out a few things in the next practice session and see what happens.
Will Power starts the race in fifth place in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Qualifying was pretty good for the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team. We definitely were fast but a few cars definitely had a little more than us. We are going to work on the car a bit before the next practice and will spend the session trying to find more speed.
Helio Castroneves who goes into the race seven points behind his team mate Josef Newgarden will start the race from 20th place having failed to set a time following a crash during practice this morning and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
That’s really disappointing. The Hitachi Chevrolet was good this morning and I really thought we had a chance. Certainly it (the crash) is a mistake, no question. With something like that, you should know a little bit better. But I’m not worried about where you start; the good news is it’s 500 miles. Last year (Ryan) Hunter-Reay actually started last – probably where I’m going to start – and nearly won the race. It shows that if you have good balance, which we do, have a good team and everything, we should be able to overcome this obstacle. That’s what I’m looking for.