Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet who is the defending race winner here in Toronto will start Sunday’s race from eighth place on the grid following a strong session on Saturday afternoon.

The American who is still recovering from his various fractures following his accident in Texas took victory last weekend in Iowa resulting in him jumping up to second place in the series points standings and starting the race from inside the top ten means that Newgarden is in a good position to build on his win.

Speaking after setting a fastest time of 01:00.5885s he commented by saying:

It’s always great being here, so many fans come out and see us. Thanks everyone in Toronto for supporting IndyCar, I love running here! As far as qualifying, we’re battling the speed aspect of it. I think we have a great car, we were just missing some grip there with that last set of tires. We were a bit stronger on our first qualifying run. I’m not sure quite what we need at the moment, we’re good in some sections but weak in others. We need to try and solve that problem. I have a lot of faith with ECR and the Preferred Freezer crew, we should be able to get on it tomorrow!

While it was a strong session for Newgarden his team mate Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet will start the race from the back row in 21st place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti setting a qualifying time of 01:01.3360s. Speaking following the session he commented by saying:

I’m disappointed to qualify where we did, we were obviously hoping to be a little bit higher up the grid but it didn’t happen that way. We’ll try and make the best of it tomorrow and see what we can do differently. It’s a long race and it’s usually pretty crazy with some big passing zones, so hopefully we can make up a few spots and have a clean race. Big thanks to all the guys at Ed Carpenter Racing, Fuzzy’s Vodka and Rising Star Racing for all their hard work.

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