Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet was happy with the performance of his car after topping the times on Carb Day the final day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Speaking following the session the Brazilian who will start Sunday’s historic race from 18th place commented by saying:
I’m happy. I’m happy with my car. Obviously I have to pass 17 people before I get really happy with my car. But, you know, after the struggle in qualifying, we really focused, me and Dixon, on the race and I think you can see both of us up there. You know, anybody count us out, it’s a big mistake. But it will be more exciting for the fans. I’m amazed how many people are here today. It’s really – I thought all of my 15 years I had seen it all here, and clearly I didn’t. So I can’t wait until Sunday.
Buddy Lazier in the No.4 Lazier/Burns Racing Chevrolet ended the day at the bottom of the time sheets and following the action he commented by saying:
We’re glad that this was Carb Day, because we certainly wouldn’t want this to have happened on race day. After rebuilding the car, running here today we had a front wing issue. An adjuster on the front wings failed. Whatever angle was set in the pits, out on the racetrack the wing wouldn’t hold. So, we have zero data from this run. It’s frustrating, but I have a lot of faith in my guys, and we’ll have this problem solved by race day. We’re going to race them hard on Sunday, and I’m confident that we’re going to be very competitive.
JR Hildebrand in the No.6 Preferred Freezer Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet commented on his day by saying:
It’s tough, it’s going to be hard on race day I think. We accomplished what we wanted to as far as figuring out what we have and understanding a little more about how we can adjust it. I think that between the three of us we got through a bunch of different (setups). Now it’s just about making the right call for the conditions on race day. That’s really the biggest factor at this point.
Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Chevrolet was happy with how his final practice session went and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
Final practice went well today and the Verizon Chevy did really well in traffic. We made a couple changes and I think we felt good in the end. Hopefully the weather conditions will work in our favor on Sunday, but I’m really excited about the race.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato was disappointed with his day saying:
The conditions were a bit different, the wind direction was different and it was a warmer temperature which is good because we expect to have a warmer Sunday race. We need to work on the car a little bit-it washes out and was a bit unstable in traffic – I’m a little nervous about that. We need to understand where that came from but I’m confident we can go back to where we were. I think that’s the way to go. We got some good data to confirm a few things but still we need to check with the other two cars.
Conor Daly commented by saying:
It felt really good out there today. I think we need to work on our gear ratios a bit, it didn’t help us when trying to set an overall lap time, but that’s not what’s it’s about today. It really felt good racing through the pack. I got to fight with (James Hinchcliffe) Hinch and (Ryan) Hunter-Reay, and they’re on the front row so I felt really good about that. I think we’re in good shape for the race.