Meyer Shank Racing’s Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud made it into the field for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge next week.
Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves in the No.06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda) starts the race from 20th following a four-lap average o 231.954MPH and speaking following the action, the Brazilian said:
“It wasn’t really a strong day for us, but we feel that we are strong for the race. We were very consistent over each run, but the speed just wasn’t there and sometimes that’s just the way it goes. The MSR team and crew have been working really hard and I know we will come back for the race and be strong – it’s going to be a fun one.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda starts the race from 22nd with a four-lap average of 231.878MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“What a thrilling day it is every year, it’s incredible. Going 243 mph and turning into Turn 1 is always such a special thing. I must say, I had a great car. We had the least tire degradation over the four laps, but unfortunately we just don’t have the speed to create a big average lap time. First lap and last lap are very similar for us which is a very good sign of an amazing race car, but it’s just not allowing us to get into the Fast 12. It’s a very tight field and I know we have a great race car which gives me a lot of hope. I look forward to getting back into race trim and come back in good form for the race.”