Verizon IndyCar Series team owner and driver of the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Ed Carpenter was delighted that all three of his team’s cars made it into the Firestone Fast Nine for today’s qualifying for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Carpenter ended Bump Day as the fastest of his three car with a four lap average speed of 228.692MPH, the two time Indy 500 pole sitter ended the day in second place behind Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.
Speaking following the session he said:
It is so stressful qualifying for this race, especially on days like today when you’re just sitting around, waiting to see what’s going to happen. I was finally happy to get out there, but the conditions were a bit harder. I’m really happy with the speed in the car, especially in this time of day because it wasn’t ideal. Weather permitting, we will be able to go out and have some fun tomorrow. It’s cool to have me, Spencer, and Danica in the Fast Nine. That’s awesome for Ed Carpenter Racing, Fuzzy’s Vodka, Preferred Freezer Services, and GoDaddy. We were really happy to put Danica in a great position for her final ride and be a part of that history. If all three cars have a chance for the pole tomorrow, it is truly a testament to the team and how hard they work, how dedicated they are, and what a good group we have. It really is a team effort to have three cars that are as close in performance as we are. When you look across the paddock and how hard it is in this field, not all teams can do that; it’s a true testament to our team
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet was sixth with a four lap average speed of 228.052MPH and speaking following the session he said:
“It was a really good day obviously for the team to have all three ECR cars in the Fast Nine. It just shows how much hard work and effort has gone into our program. I’m really happy for all the guys and girls on our team, specifically everyone on the Preferred Freezer car. I’ll look over everything tonight to see just how aggressive we can be, and hopefully, be towards the front of the top nine.
Danica Patrick in the No.13 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet proved all of her doubters wrong as not only did she made the field for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil but she also made it in the Firestone Fast Nine with a four lap average speed of 227.610MPH.
It was a great showing by Patrick who has looked strong all month and has been getting more comfortable with the car and the new aero kit with each session she has completed. Speaking following her run, Patrick said:
Every year is a little different. I remember 13 years ago my first time, similar conditions (to today) early it was overcast and cooler and having to save it in (Turn) 1. I remember that and then I remember years where the car was very neutral the whole way around the track and looking at the steering trace afterward and my heart rate is still not down to times you go out there and it just won’t go fast enough. That gets your heart rate going in a different way. That’s the thing about Indy. It’s unpredictable. It ebbs and flows here. You can go out one day and you’re good and you go out the next day, try some things and wonder how you lost your way. You have to respect that process about Indy that it comes and goes. I am very happy with this car. I am comfortable, (Ed Carpenter Racing) has made me comfortable. We got off on a path that didn’t go very well for a while. The good thing is you come back to it and the car is there. I wish I would have been able to qualify before the rains came. The conditions were probably a little more ideal.