Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet said he felt that he had a really good car as the Australian set a lap time of 01:06.9054s and will start the race from second place alongside pole sitter Alexander Rossi and speaking following the session, Power commented by saying:
It was good. I felt like we had a really good car. Got to the Firestone Fast Six like we needed to, and yeah, just were not fast enough basically to be on pole, but very happy to be on the front row. You know, we’ve kind of crept up all weekend and definitely made the car better and in a good window now. That was a lot of fun.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet will start the race from third place on the grid with a time of 01:06.9107s and speaking following the session the Frenchman commented by saying:
Pretty proud of everybody at Team Penske. We have such success with the previous aero kit, we have to rethink a little of what have been doing, but when you have success that changing method is very complicated. These (Team Penske) guys, they react so quick and we are already back in the fight. The car was really good. I think (Alexander) Rossi is reachable it’s just that I am learning the car because it’s just starting to feel really great, so I left some on the table. We are coming back
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the number one Verizon Chevrolet will start the race from sixth place and set a fastest time of 01:07.1922s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
(About hitting the wall in qualifying): “That’s why I pitted, I bent the left rear suspension touching the wall. It was a mistake on my part, which is a shame. I think we had the pace there on the optimum set of (Firestone) tires that we were going to run. I think we had the pace to be up there with (Alexander) Rossi. I don’t know if we would have gotten him (Rossi), but we would have been in the ballpark. So we never got to see that through, which is tough and makes our race a little harder starting from sixth. We have great speed in the Verizon car. I think Team Chevy has done a great job this weekend so we have the driveability that we are looking for, we should have good power to make this thing work on race day.