Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet gave the team something to be happy about on Friday night as the Californian led the way in the final warm-up session ahead of today’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway.
Kimball who will start the opening oval event of the season from 22nd place led the way with a speed of 179.797MPH.
Kimball ended the session just ahead of his former team mate Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing who set a fastest speed of 179.003MPH ending the session just ahead of his former team mate Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet who was third fastest with a 178.714MPH.
Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 Military to Motorsports Honda was fourth fastest with a speed of 178.234MPH.
It was fantastic session for Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Chevrolet with a speed of 177.142MPH ending the session just ahead of reigning series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the session seventh place just ahead of his team mate Marco Andretti in the No.98 Oberto/Circle K Honda.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda ended the session in 9th place just ahead of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team mate Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Honda who rounded out the top ten.
Ed Carpenter in No.20 Fuzzy’a Vodka Chevrolet ended the session just outside the top ten in 11th place just ahead of Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menard’s Chevrolet. Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet was 13th fastest with a speed of 176.012MPH.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda ended the session in 14th place with a speed of 175.692MPH.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus Leist in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet ended the session 15th place just ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet. Max Chilton was 17th fastest for Carlin Racing ending the session just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda.
Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach ended the session in 19th place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda.
Verizon P1 Award winner Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda ended the session in 21st place just ahead of Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser while Pietro Fittipaldi rounded out the order in 23rd place.