Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was happy after taking his fifth career Verizon P1 Award for today’s Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit.
The Tennessee native set a fastest time of 01:43.2026s and speaking following the session he said:
It’s nice when you have the car to do it. We had the speed on Friday, so to finish it off today is nice. It’s only goal one. Two races; one for pole, one for the race. We need to close it out. Verizon has been very good to us, and Team Chevy as well. Engine package has been phenomenal to get the most out of it. You see how well we work together with Team Penske and Team Chevy. We just have to be smart and get through the first couple laps. Save the tires, save some fuel and be smart if a caution comes out in the middle of the race. We’ll see what we have for tomorrow.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet joins Newgarden on the front row with a qualifying time of 01:43.2508s and speaking following the session the Indianapolis 500 champion commented by saying:
That was close. We were off the whole time. I gave it everything the last lap. A surprise front row. I keep getting front rows every weekend. Not the pole, but yeah, I’m pretty happy. But only five hundredths off, come on. I think I did a really neat lap. Josef (Newgarden) did a great lap. That was all I had.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet will start the race from 14th place having set a qualifying time of 01:43.4153s.