Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Simon Pagenaud will start Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix from pole position following a tough race at the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last weekend. Speaking after setting a pole time of 01:14.9166s Pagenaud commented by saying:
The track is awesome. It’s a real street fight out there. The No. 22 car was amazing with HP (Hewlett Packard), back on board with us. A lot of them are here this weekend so I’m glad we could do well for them. The team’s just doing incredible and I’m glad we could keep the momentum going. Last week wasn’t exactly what we wanted, but we’re back. We were really strong during the race at the 500 but it is what it is, you can’t always be up there. But, certainly, an awesome feeling today. What a cool track.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet will start Saturday’s race from second place giving Roger Penske a 1-2 finish on his circuit and speaking after setting a qualifying time of 01:14.9285s Castroneves commented by saying:
The boys did an unbelievable job. Simon (Pagenaud) just nipped me over there. But when I looked at the time and it was just one hundredth (of a second), oh, man, I would have squeezed a little something out there. But great job for the entire organization. (Race Engineer) Jonathan (Diuguid) gave me a phenomenal car since we started here this morning. I can’t believe it. So close to get the number one spot. But that’s okay.
Juan Pablo Montoya put the retirement he suffered last time out at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil firmly behind him as the Colombian will start Detroit Race 1 on Saturday from third place and speaking after setting a fastest time of 01:15.5659s he commented by saying:
It was really good to be honest with you. Our Verizon Chevy has been pretty good. We actually struggled a lot this morning. You look at how fast our teammates were, I was like 13th or 15th this morning, so we pretty much changed everything on the car, and it worked well. I mean, we felt we needed to do a lot of changes, and it worked pretty well.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet having set the fastest time in practice this morning will start the race 1 from ninth place just ahead of Graham Rahal. Power set a qualifying time of 01.15.7142s and speaking following the session he stated:
We were so quick this morning in practice than in qualifying. The Verizon Chevy touched the wall early on in qualifying, so we had to change the suspension. It was pretty intense out there. Wasn’t quite the result we had hoped for. We’ll just have to go into the race tomorrow and see what we can do.