Team Penske had a mixed day during qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet was the fastest of Roger Penske’s four drivers ending the session in fourth place with a two lap qualifying average of 219.781mph and speaking following the qualifying session he commented by saying:
I’m very happy with the result. The Hitachi Chevy was good this morning and that continued into the afternoon. We did get some luck with the cloud cover that cooled the track down. We haven’t had a lot of good luck this year; maybe it’s starting to change. I wasn’t really expecting fourth, but I’ll certainly take it. Now, we’ll get some more work in later at practice.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who heads into Sunday’s race in second place in the series standing, 58 points behind team mate Simon Pagenaud in the race for the 2016 championship will start the ABC Supply 500 from 12th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The car has been loose and we’ll have to make some adjustments for tomorrow’s race. On the other side, the Verizon Chevy is really fast, but just a matter of getting the handling right. Just not connecting when we go into the corners, so practice tonight and making some adjustments should help.
Simon Pagenaud endured a difficult qualifying session in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet as the Frenchman will start the race from 14th place after setting a two lap qualifying average of 217.721mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I was fighting an understeer situation in the Menards Chevrolet which made it difficult. Going out early didn’t really help, either. We’ll continue to work in practice later to get the car in a little better place for tomorrow. It’s a long race and a lot of things can happen. I have a ton of confidence in my team. They’re the best.
Juan Pablo Montoya who suffered a big crash in practice this morning will start the race in 15th place after the team were able to get the car rebuilt ahead of the qualifying session. The Colombian set a two lap qualifying average speed of 217.284mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I think we did the best we could in qualifying. I had a moment there in Turn 1 on the first lap so it was good to make it through OK, especially after this morning. It’s a shame because I think we had a really good car here earlier and we were just trying to push too hard on cold tires in the practice and hit the wall. What a great job by Team Penske and the No. 2 team to get the backup car ready for qualifying so I have to say thanks to them. We’ll be working in the practice tonight to get the car dialed in so we’re ready to race tomorrow.