Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball was delighted following Saturday’s Bump Day qualifying as the team were able to secure spots in the field for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next weekend for both of the cars.
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Fiasp Chevrolet set a four lap average speed of 225.752MPH and speaking following his day in the car he said:
I’m just so proud of the whole team for how much work they’ve put into this INDYCAR program and especially into making sure that both Carlin cars qualified for next Sunday. You know, we stopped a little early during practice yesterday and the conditions today were significantly different, so we were a bit worried about making sure we adjusted to those factors. I think we were hoping to get a bit more speed out of the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet, but we’re all just over the moon that we made it into the show. We definitely have some work to do tonight after we comb through some data from this afternoon and hopefully we’ll have a shot at moving up even further tomorrow.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet set a four lap average of 225.666MPH while was good enough for 28th place and speaking following the session he said:
I was really comfortable coming out of practice yesterday with the balance, but when I went out today it was literally within one corner I knew that it had changed a lot out there. The wind had gone up, the wind direction had changed, and I felt like the balance had changed. It’s just difficult if you’re struggling even a little bit because you just don’t know which way to go. I felt like the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet was a little loose and then the wind was getting stronger as we built up on speed so it was quite difficult. We weren’t thrilled with our overall pace, but honestly I’m just so proud of this team for getting both cars qualified for the Indianapolis 500