Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet secured his best street circuit qualifying position for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday afternoon as the American with start the 85 lap race from 12th place on the grid having set a qualifying time of 01:02.3040s.
Speaking following qualifying, Hildebrand, who finished on the podium last time out in Iowa commented by saying:
I’m happy to have advanced on to the second round of qualifying. That was definitely on our list of ways to improve through the second half of the season. It’s unfortunate that it’s taken us this long to do it, but it’s a step in the right direction! The car was quite good, I just made a mistake in the second round and got into the wall. I owe the Preferred Freezer guys some beers! Hopefully, we can maintain the trajectory of our weekend and get ready for a good race tomorrow.
Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet will start the race from 13th place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan and speaking following his session, he commented by saying:
It’s a little frustrating to miss transferring again by such a small margin – a hundredth of a second! – but that’s the nature of Indy car racing. It’s always extremely close. We’ve made good progress with the car over the weekend, especially on black tires. Hopefully that will be the tire of choice for the race tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do with the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevy!