Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet set the second fastest time of Fast Friday ending the day just behind Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power.
Newgarden set a fastest time of 38.7356s completing 58 laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and speaking following his day in the car, Newgarden commented by saying:
“It was a good day. It was hectic with a little bit of sprinkling, so we were not sure if we were going to get the full day in, but luckily we did. We definitely wanted to step through our trim steps. We definitely made progress with all three cars. We got a quick Preferred Freezer car, so hopefully all three of us are going to be fast tomorrow inside the top nine. We’ll do a little bit more work tonight and see where we’re at.”
JR Hildebrand was 14th fastest in the No.6 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet completing 38 laps with his fastest time of 39.0717s coming on lap 30 and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
“It was a hectic day, really. We ended up feeling like we needed to kind of change our plan in the middle of the day. We were able to get some speed out of that, which was good, but it made for a busy afternoon. Hopefully we can go back and figure out what’s the best for everybody and be ready to go for tomorrow.”
Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet ended the day in 16th place setting a fastest time of 39.0907s and speaking following the session where he completed 47 laps, Carpenter stated:
It was a tough day. I wasn’t thinking we were going to run nearly 50 laps when the day started. We used a few more sets of tires than we had originally planned, but I think it was worthwhile in the end. We were struggling for speed for a while and I feel like we closed the gap a little bit. We’ll just have to work hard overnight tonight and see if we can close the gap the rest of the way and see if we can get up there with my teammates and some of the other faster Chevys.