Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet just missed out on claiming the Verizon P1 Award for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday and will start the race alongside pole sitter James Hinchcliffe.
Speaking following the session, Newgarden commented by saying:
I got going up the gears; I went fifth, sixth on the front stretch and it was just on the limiter and with this headwind normally you downshift on the backstretch. I was just holding six on the limiter all the way through turn two. I was like ‘what is going on, this thing’s super quick!’ It’s the quickest the car’s been all month. It was a good time to peak. This is the pinnacle, this is the greatest event that you can be a part of in racing so it’s just cool to be here. I was so happy to see our speed on that first lap and I got really hopeful that it might be enough to hang on but it wasn’t. I’m happy for James (Hinchcliffe). It was a great run by them and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has done a fantastic job. We lost the battle today but I’m hoping we can win next weekend.
JR Hildebrand in the No.6 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet will start the race 15th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We went out when the conditions were pretty lousy. We knew that ahead of time so we wanted to make sure that we could get four good laps in and not be in a position where we’re fast but having a tricky time putting laps together. You saw a lot of guys do that this morning and in qualifying today. We ended up 15th, which I think we’re pretty pleased with. At this point it’s really about the race. Anywhere that we were going to qualify today within reason was going to put us in a position to win next Sunday. Now we use what time we have left on track to get dialed in in race trim.
Team owner and driver Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet qualified for the race in 20th place and speaking following qualifying Carpenter stated:
I’ve got a great car. That’s as well of handling car as when I had the pole here. It just doesn’t want to go fast this week. We’ll hope for a little more speed next week but the handling is certainly there so I think we’ll have what it takes to get to the front in the race. We’ll have to pass more cars and be a little more aggressive than what I had anticipated earlier in the race.