The NTT IndyCar Series are back in Texas this weekend for the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud is the highest placed Chevrolet driver as he starts the race from 5th place.
The Indianapolis 500 winner set a two lap average of 219.355MPH and speaking following the session, the driver of the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet said:
It’s a lot of fun driving at Texas in the DXC Technology Chevy. It’s the highest bank that we see all season long and that’s pure racing. I’ve learned to love it and I think that’s the key there. I enjoy being here, I enjoy driving around this track. You really have to constantly be thinking and constantly be ahead of the tools and the racecar. The car changes balance a lot through the runs and it’s physical, too so it’s everything that I like.”
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Autogeek Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing felt he had a decent run as he starts the race from sixth place and speaking following the session he said:
It was a decent run! There was a little bit of discrepancy between our two laps, the consistency wasn’t quite where we want it. Overall, we are going to start pretty high up so great job to everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing and Chevrolet for giving me a good car. Hopefully this translates well for tomorrow!”
Series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald USA Chevrolet for Team Penske starts the race from seventh having set a two lap average of 218.666MPH and speaking following the session he said:
It was an alright day. Not enough speed today. It seemed like once it came time to go fast, we were a little short. The car feels great though and I think we’re going to have a great racecar. The Chevy engine feels awesome in the pack and it’s fun to have Fitzgerald USA back. Hopefully we’ll have a great race for these guys this weekend. I feel confident and I think we’re going to have a great racecar for tomorrow night.
Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Chevrolet starts the race from 13th and speaking following the session he said:
The balance of my car was good, the car felt really good and I was flat. My car was just not very quick for some reason. That run should have been much higher up based on what other guy’s trim levels were and the way the car drove. I am a little confused at the moment, but I’ve struggled here in qualifying before and got to the front, so that’s what we will do tomorrow night!”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet had understeer during his run and will start the race from 15th place and speaking following the session the Australian said:
The car had a bit of understeer; it was a bit of everything. I tried to go in late but unfortunately the front didn’t work the way I wanted it to, and had a little moment early on during my first lap so I was lacking some confidence for the second. We have a lot of work ahead of us tomorrow but we know we have a plan in place to make the Verizon Chevy really strong for the race.”
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Fiap Chevrolet for Carlin Racing starts the race from 17th and speaking following the session he said:
“It was a pretty solid run for the No. 23 FIasp® Carlin Chevrolet. Honestly the car was pretty good when we rolled off the truck yesterday and we were glad to at least get that one run in last night in that truncated session. We worked a lot on our race car today in that first practice, but we really didn’t focus on qualifying much. Going early in qualifying is always tough, especially after that truck qualifying before us, but we’re happy with our qualifying run. The car really feels pretty good and like I said we’re happy with our qualifying, but at the end of the day we’re ready for the race tomorrow night and confident in our race car.”
Conor Daly in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet commented saying:
We tried to trim out a little bit, but to be completely honest with you, I just can’t feel the rear of this car at all and that’s hard. You know it’s just a process and we’ve really only had about an hour to work through everything. It’s just a completely different way that the car feels than what I’m used to, but sometimes different teams work in different ways and there’s nothing wrong with it – it’s just different. The Carlin guys have been great and it’s been very cool to be in the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet this weekend, we just have some work to do. Obviously Charlie can make it work and this is a car that’s he’s comfortable in, but for my driving style it’s just been really difficult to get used to. We’re just going to try and use the race tomorrow night as an extended test session to figure out more things that are better suited for my driving style
It was a disappointing qualifying for AJ Foyt Racing as Mathues Matt Leist starts the race from 20th place while following a brush with the wall Tony Kanaan will start the race from 22nd.
Speaking following the session, Leist said:
Tough day here at the track to be honest.
Tony Kanaan said:
The car just wouldn’t turn and shot up the track which ended with me brushing the wall. We need to go back and look at the data to find out what happened. Tomorrow will be a long night for us if we don’t get this figured out for the race.”