AJ Foyt Racing’s JR Hildebrand was the leading car of the legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner AJ Foyt in qualifying for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place a week from today.
Hildebrand starts the Greatest Spectacle In Racing from 17th place following a four-lap average speed of 231.112MPH and speaking following the action he said:
The conditions are substantially better today which we were happy about. “You go from a day like yesterday to today and the engineers are having to make a lot of educated guesses in terms of where you’re really going to be. I’m so proud of the guys for just the work that they’ve been doing. You know, despite the conditions, we didn’t have a particularly good day yesterday just in terms of kind of figuring out where we’re at. And so we made some definite gains overnight and we’ll just keep plugging away at it but really proud of the work that the team has done.
Kyle Kirkwood in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet starts the race from 28th place following a four-lap average speed of 229.406MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“It was a ton of fun. “We’ve had a handful of days leading up to this and unfortunately, we didn’t get a ton of time to get our qualifying trim in perfect working order, but with what we ended up with there, I’m quite happy. We ended up being one of the last ones to qualify, which is not a very good predicament for anyone here. The track and the wind picked up so we weren’t dealt the same cards that some of the guys were before, which is unfortunate, but with what we had, we did a very good job I think.”
Dalton Kellett in the No.4 K Line Insulator Chevrolet starts the race from 29th place with a speed of 228.916MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It felt good to get our qualifying run in before the weather and all that became a factor today but not really starting where we would like to. “Given how happy we’ve been with the race cars this week, we would like to have made our lives a little bit easier during the race by starting a little bit further up the grid. The plus side is that we are happy with how the car’s feeling in race trim so looking forward to getting back to some race practice.
“During the run today the balance of the car overall was probably just a little bit too free. I think we were a little bit on the nose in terms of her aero settings and that just made it a little bit loose and kind of scrubbing some speed which would hurt our average speed. With the way the weather went, we didn’t really get the opportunity to back it up with a second run. So, we’ll have to accept that and focus ahead on the race.