Gabby Chaves in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Dale Coyne Honda led the way for the four car effort in qualifying for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will start next Sunday’s historic event from 21st after recording a four lap average of 227.191mph and speaking following the session, Chaves commented by saying:
I was a lot happier with the car balance today, we’re just lacking a little bit of speed after yesterday. In trying to get back to the right set up we gave up a little bit on speed, but at least we have the car balance where we want it. I’m pretty confident that we’ll have a strong race car. I’m starting about nine positions better than I did last year and I was able to work my way into the top eight with only a few laps to go before suffering some damage to the car, so I expect to be able to overtake some cars, move my way forward and be there at the end. I’m just really happy to be here, and to have the opportunity to race in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, I can’t thank Dale Coyne Racing enough for giving me this chance.
Conor Daly in the No.18 ShirtsForAmerica.com Honda will start the race from 24th place after recording a four lap average speed of 226.312mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We’ve been struggling with the heat, as a group. It’s a shame, some people are dealing with the heat better than us and making it work but we didn’t do it today so I’m disappointed. The conditions are unpredictable, the wind is so strong and it’s sketchy. For us, to pad that you add downforce and that takes away speed. We have to work on our set up tomorrow and make it better, but that’s alright. I know our car is fast. We could do 228s yesterday but it just goes to show you that it’s all in the conditions. This place is really challenging.
Pippa Mann in the No.63 Dale Coyne Racing supporting Susan G Kimen will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 25th place which was a great result considering the fact that she had no running in the T car which qualified in as a result of her rear wing end fence failure on Saturday. Speaking following the session she commented by saying:
It feels fantastic. Yesterday was so tough for the entire Dale Coyne Racing team and those guys stayed so late last night, they worked so hard, then to have issues this morning as well in morning warm-up, those were the first laps I turned at speed since I was backwards yesterday! Relief, happy, thrilled. We’ve had such a great race car all week, that in different circumstances, we’ve had liked to have gone faster, but for today I’m just so happy we got that taken care of and we can now get to working on our race car.
Bryan Clauson in the No.88 Cancer Treatment Centers Of America Honda will start the race from 28th place after recording a four lap average speed of 225.266mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It’s been a lot of fun, it’s great to be back here at the Speedway. It’s also been great working with our Johnathan Byrd’s / Dale Coyne Racing team and to get back into the groove. We have a good group, we’re just trying to plug away and trying to get laps in. We seem to be getting better and better each time out. I can’t really ask for more.