New Verizon IndyCar team Carlin Racing completed their first race at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg with both Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet and Max Chilton in the No.59 Galllagher Chevrolet completing the 110 lap race.
Chilton who started the race from 20th place came home in 19th place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
We just finished our first race ever for the Carlin INDYCAR team. The No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet started 20th, but we finished 19th so we moved forward one position. It was a long hard race. I think it was around two hours and 20 minutes and there were probably six or seven yellow sessions, so it was really hard to keep our tires up to temperature which was something we were struggling with all day. When the tires were in, we had good performance so we made gains throughout the weekend. Considering this was Carlin’s first INDYCAR race, I’d say it wasn’t a bad showing at all. We definitely have work to do and we aren’t where we want to be yet. I think all-around we did a good job and we’ll make sure we’re ready for Phoenix.
Charlie Kimball started the race from 21st place and finished the event in 20th place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Honestly it was a disappointing day results-wise. At Carlin, you don’t come to the track to finish 19th and 20th, our goal really is to be fighting for race wins and podiums. We came into this weekend with limited knowledge and experience in the series, but I’d say we probably doubled or even tripled our knowledge on the Indy cars here in St. Pete. I’m looking forward to going back and getting with the engineers, learning, digesting, and figuring out what we need to do in the future. We’ve got a couple of tests before the Phoenix race and we tested there a few weeks back, so I know that we’ll be more competitive at the next race and continue to work our way forward.
The team will head to their first oval event in just over three weeks time for the Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway.