Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Pennzoil Chevrolet was sure he had won the Verizon P1 Award for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday afternoon but was left disappointing just missing out at the very last second in the Firestone Fast 6 to Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon. Castroneves set a time of 59.9425s and speaking following the session he stated:
What am I going to say? What am I going to say? I can’t believe it. What is it, two hundredths of a second? Congrats to them but the Shell Pennzoil Chevrolet car is really fast. We made a lot of change, I’m talking about a lot of change. All the changes we made seem to be working. Gosh! Come on, (Scott) Dixon! Really? Really? The first session was not good. All credit to (engineer) Jonathan (Diuguid). He hit the right spot on the car on the setup. The second I put the reds (alternate tires) on the second session, my car was like ‘Whoa. Back in the game here.’ When we went out again on the third one, about to repeat the same lap time we did on the first run. But again, we did not want to wait until the end, since the track always got a little bit better, we did not want to wait till the end because of a yellow or red flag coming out and then would have screwed up with our laps because we knew we were only dealing with two laps. Ganassi is not a rookie team. They’re champions. They know what they’re doing. Good job by Scott.
Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet will start the race from third place just behind Castroneves setting a time of 01:00.2293s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The PPG car was tremendous all weekend. Kind of missed the balance a little bit. Q1 was fantastic. We started picking up quite a bit of understeer. We couldn’t really adjust the car anymore for the round. We start a little bit of pace starting in Q2. We gambled on the black tires in the end, which I thought could have worked actually. (Scott) Dixon coming out of pits in front of me, it was a little difficult for me. It broke me out of my rhythm. It’s not him. He didn’t block me or anything. It just took me out of my rhythm a little bit and I didn’t extract the best out of the car that lap. That should have been the lap that did it. You should always be happy when you’re in the Firestone Fast Six. Third is a good place to start. Last time we won we were third with the PPG car, so I’m happy.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet will start the race from fourth place setting a qualifying time of 01:00.4085s and speaking following the session the Australian who is in third place in the series points standings going into Sunday’s race commented by saying:
Well actually the last run there I let Helio (Castroneves) go and I went out in the marbles. Spent a lap and a half getting marbles off my tires, but still a good result, starting P4 for the Verizon Chevrolet. It is tough out there, easy to make mistakes, very slippery surfaces. Unless you get everything right you don’t get the lap time. (On track changes) I think it will be harder to actually follow in (Turn) 11 just because of how accurate you have to be not to hit the apex wall. The wall juts out a little bit. It’s going to be tough to get a run on someone there into (Turn) 1. You still got good passing zones in (Turn) 3. It makes it a more challenging track, honestly, the way it is right now.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Devilbiss Chevrolet has had an extremely challenging weekend and will start Sunday’s race from ninth place on the grid having set a time of 01:00.6532s and speaking following the day of track action the Colombian was happy with how his session panned out:
I thought the DeVilbiss Chevy recovered well. It was tough in qualifying with the used tires, but I am happy with how we recovered from the weekend. We have a great race car and I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.