The Verizon IndyCar Series only owner driver Ed Carpenter will start the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park, his last race of begthe season as best of the rest behind the four Penske cars.
Speaking following qualifying, Carpenter commented by saying:
We’re all still learning about this track! The first practice, that’s all we were doing – just trimming and trimming, trying to go quicker. We missed on the gears in practice too, so we knew there was time left in the car coming into qualifying. Team Penske was just a little more aggressive than us when it came down to qualifying.
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet had a disappointing session as he will start the race from 15th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
“It’s been a little bit tough just to hit the downforce level. The track is really good since they repaved it, we undershot on how fast we could go even at the trim level we were at! This morning’s session was super hectic, everyone was running around in the draft and it was hard to see where you were at. The Fuzzy’s Vodka boys did a really good job, the car feels really good. We’ll be in good shape for the race.