Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Auto Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet took his second consecutive P1 Award for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach having also take the P1 Award last time out at the Phoenix International Raceway.
Speaking following the session, Castroneves commented by saying:
I am very happy, first of all, for the AAA car. We have been good all weekend long. We have been working together all weekend long. I want to say Team Penske probably had the upper hand. You know, at the end of the day, the No. 3 had the top spot. They said it’s better to be lucky than good and we planned very well. Will (Power) was definitely in a league of his own and he seems to be putting in phenomenal laps. But in the end, putting on red tires, you saw (Scott) Dixon up there and just saw (Tony) Kanaan up there, Juan Pablo (Montoya) and Simon (Pagenaud). You know, it was a mix but I will take it. The AAA and Team Penske did a phenomenal job. Hey, it’s the right spot to start so let’s keep it.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet will start the race from third place behind Phoenix winner Scott Dixon and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
eah, it was an interesting Fast Six. We locked in one lap. Luckily that was good for P3. But yeah, I was concerned. We didn’t have a lap in when the red came out. I’m happy with third right now because I really thought we were getting sixth. The car was really good. PPG car has been strong all weekend. Everybody at Penske has been really strong. I think we actually have a better race car than a qualifying car, so P3 is good.
Juan Pablo Montoya who the last street race at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg last month will start the race from 5th place just behind Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Data Chevrolet.
Will Power will start the race from sixth place on the grid and speaking following the session he stated:
I wouldn’t say I locked up, but I kind of went a bit deep and didn’t want to take a risk and hit the wall and tried to spin it back around. I thought it was all over then anyway because once you cause a yellow you lose your best two laps. But that’s OK. I always seem to start way back. It’s not way back this year. It’s a lot better than the previous two or three years. At least I’m in the top six.