Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet completed his first laps of Pocono Raceway on Saturday and will start Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 from 19th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The car was kind of leaning in the direction of being handful on the warm-up lap. I was trying to catch up to it with the tools in the car, but I got pretty close to just running out of adjustments. I just didn’t feel like I was catching up to where I needed to be to be able to put in a number. After we came through on the first lap without it seeming to improve any, I just wanted to hang on to the car. We’ve cleaned up one car today and needed to keep this one in one piece! If this was more of a short oval qualifying session where everyone was super close, you’d stay with with it. Here, we just kept it safe.
Ed Carpenter suffered damage to his No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet following an accident during practice this morning and as a result of being late for technical inspection, the American was excluded from qualifying and will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid in 22nd place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
(Crashed in Practice 1, did not qualify) “I don’t know (what happened). The car had felt pretty good. Graham (Rahal) was coming in the pits in front of me and slowing up. I don’t know, I maybe lifted a little bit for him slowing down to keep the gap and it may have shifted the balance. Frustrating, not the start that we wanted for the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, but we’ll just have to rebound. It’s early in the weekend and we can recover from it.