Ed Carpenter Racing’s three entries for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil have been guaranteed a place in the field for next weekend’s historic event at the Brickyard.
Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet made it into Sunday’s Fast nine shoot-out and speaking following the on track action he commented by saying:
The main objective was to get into the Fast Nine; it didn’t really matter how quick we were we just needed to be in that group. Fortunately we get to go for the pole tomorrow and then try and get as many points as we can because qualifying has a good amount of points; almost like a race win. I think our main goal is the race. Getting into the Top Nine was a big achievement, I think we’ll take whatever we can tomorrow but still going to try and go for it and get as high as possible.
Ed Carpenter team owner and driver of the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet was 14th fastest overall and speaking following the track action he commented by saying:
I’m glad we got through the day unscathed. Josef’s in a good position, I think he’s got a car to go for the pole tomorrow. Unfortunately the Fuzzy’s 20 car and the Preferred Fuzzy’s 6 car just aren’t up to speed right now. All of the cars are handling great. We’re happy with that. I’m looking forward to Monday practice and getting ready for the race but we’ll see if we can go out tomorrow and move up from 14th and do our best as a team to see if we can win another pole with Josef. That car has front row potential.
JR Hildebrand in the No.6 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet was fifteenth fastest and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a bummer that our first run wasn’t five minutes earlier or something. When we went back and looked at all of the data it appeared as if that was pretty much the only difference between myself and Josef. He did a great job. He ran four great laps. The wind picked up so we were slower in one straightaway and were barely quick enough to catch back up to his speed on the other side. So that was kind of a bummer and we went back out and gave it another run this afternoon. It was kind of a similar situation. We just didn’t quite have it dialed in, Ed nor I. We’ll go back and look at everything. We’ll take another crack at it and hopefully end up somewhere between 10th and 15th tomorrow and we’ll start working on the race.