Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet recovered from a brake issue in the early part of qualifying to start Saturday’s race from fifth place on the grid having made it into the Firestone Fast Six for the first time in his career.
Speaking after setting a fastest speed of 01:10.1326s the Englishman commented by saying:
The added time I got to test here before the INDYCAR Grand Prix definitely helped me. We did a whole day of testing beforehand and the first lap this morning, I was straight up to speed where normally it takes a couple of runs to really get into the circuit and learns it’s characteristics. I didn’t need to do that today! It was a good start, really. I wouldn’t say I’m surprised on where we qualified. I’ve been focusing on doing my job and doing it at my own speed!
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet starts the race from ninth place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Starting inside the Top 10 is nice! We can definitely race from there, hopefully staying clean throughout the first lap and pick up a few positions. I’m happy with the Preferred Freezer Services Chevy. We had a good first round of qualifying. Once we got to Round 2, it felt like we picked up a bit too much understeer. That cost us, but overall, the car is good and we should have a good race!”