Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand who replaces Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. Hildebrand completed 30 laps. In the opening session he ended the morning in 20th place while in the second session he ended the afternoon in 11th place and speaking following day of action he stated:
First practice today, I don’t think anyone got exactly what they were expecting. The track just seemed super low grip. For me, that was not my expectation and then it was not our expectation as a team in terms of what we were going to get out of the car. We reset after the first practice; I went back out with some things to work on myself and we made some good changes going into the second practice session. We got ourselves back into the window. We’ve got a little bit of work to do but we’re in the midst of a good group of cars. Our aim tomorrow is to break through out first qualifying group and get to that top 12. It feels great to be back in the car and the team’s doing a great job, hopefully this is a good building block for us to start the year.
Spencer Pigot who will share the No.20 Chevrolet with team owner Ed Carpenter ended the opening session in 14th place with a fastest time of 01:04.8290s while in the second session he finished in 18th place with a fastest time of 01:03.4909s and speaking following day of action he stated:
We made some good changes. There was a lot of people out there at the end when we were trying to do a lap on red tires; it was crowded on track. I feel like we are better than our time shows, so we are going to make a few changes and make a few things better for tomorrow.