Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet secured his third front row start of the season as he will start the ABC Supply 500 on the front row alongside pole sitter Mikhail Aleshin.
Newgarden who goes into the race in fourth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings set a two lap qualifying average of 220.195mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We rolled out with one thing and I was pushing my guys to do something different. It’s a team decision, whether it’s their decision or mine, but I feel like I was pushing a little hard for something that wasn’t the right thing. But we were close, we just needed that little bit! I think where we rolled out with would have been enough. It’s my fault that we changed it. I’m disappointed about that; you always want the pole! We have a great chemistry and group with our people, but sometimes I mess up! Congrats to Mikael, great job by him! We didn’t have enough today but tomorrow is what counts.
ECR owner/driver Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet will start the race from 10th place after setting a two lap qualifying average speed of 218.424mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It’s a tricky day. The conditions are a little different, especially with the wind, from when we practiced. That’s when it’s hard to be early in the line. I think teammates are going to help teammates as the qualifying line moves through, so we’ll see where we end up. It is tricky, there’s a lot of different downforce levels. I wish I could have got that first lap back! After I got the tools in the car adjusted to where I wanted them, that second lap was pretty good. I wish I could have had a couple of those!
Starting from the front gives Newgarden the perfect opportunity to close the gap in the points standing to Helio Castroneves as he starts ahead the Penske driver and also Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who is just behind him in the points table.