Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Jordan King in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing did a fantastic job in his very first qualifying session.
The Englishman will start the 110 lap Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from fourth place on the grid.
Speaking after setting a fastest time of 01:01.7633s King said:
It’s good, but I still think we should have been a bit quicker. I’m really happy. It’s all gone well. We made some really good progress from the first time. I can’t grumble too much, but when there was potential to be a little higher up you can’t help, as a racing driver, to want a bit more. It was quite slippery at Turn 1, and actually at the back of the circuit, it was really quite dry. But unfortunately, I almost went off at Turn 10 on my first push lap. I came in on the last lap a little bit tentative and looking at the time (of the last lap), that’s why I’m a little bit like, well, it could be more. I can’t complain for my first time. I don’t want to put too much expectation on it. We’ve got a good car. If I do my job, I’m sure the rest will unfold nicely.
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 AutoGeek Chevrolet starts the race from 16th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
: “It was a messy session there with the red flag, then trying to find a gap to get a good lap in. I made a few little mistakes; one area, I accidentally upshifted twice when I should have only done once that that cost us. Overall, I am just frustrated. Hopefully we can get the Autogeek car back up front tomorrow where we need to be.”