Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.12 Hitachi Chevrolet will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday from pole position ahead of his team mate Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet.
Speaking following his pole position run Newgarden commented by saying:
Tim (Cindric, race strategist) was telling me when I came in what the lap time was. I didn’t know if that was going to be enough. It was a good lap. Actually, I like this set of tires a little bit better than the others. You almost have a favorite sometimes with the Firestones, but they held up well. I think he had a slight advantage because he didn’t have to do a hot lap on his, but I knew our car was quick. After I saw the time we did on this set of tires I knew we had a shot at it. Really proud of everybody, Hitachi being on the car with us, it’s good to get them a first pole and just everyone else. Team Chevy has done a really good job. They have really given us the good power this weekend, good drivability. We are going to need some fuel mileage tomorrow, which I think we will have, but it’s going to get mixed up with the rain. So, I think the first part of this weekend is done. We just need to focus on tomorrow now and see how we are going to get through the weather.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet will start the race from the front row and speaking following the session the Australian commented by saying:
The pole would have been nice, but I think it’s going to be a pretty mixed up day tomorrow. Maybe it will be a little wet, which makes it more straightforward, I guess. But, a good start to the weekend. I’ve had three front row starts this year. No poles. Been close though
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet will start the race from ninth place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Well, I’ve got to tell you it’s frustrating qualifying. Sometimes I can throw a lap down and do a good lap, but sometimes I really struggle. The car is very much on the edge. I’ve got to take a look at what my teammates do because they are obviously really fast. The cars are good. The cars have been fast, it’s just I’m struggling with consistency, finding what I need from the car. It’s funny, last week in Long Beach the car was beautiful, really easy for me to drive, here is a different story. So, we just have to understand what I need from it better and go from there. Disappointing, but in the meantime, happy to see the teammates up there.