Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet will start Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen from 12th place. The American who goes into the race in fifth place in the series standing was able to get turned around as the team fixed his car following an accident in practice this morning.
Newgarden advanced to the second round of qualifying and set a time of 01:24.0983s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We have the best in the business here – great cars and great mechanics. I’m really grateful for the work the Fuzzy’s Vodka guys for getting us back out after this morning. In qualifying, we just struggled. Everyone’s kind of scratching their heads a little bit, it might be a temperature thing but the black tires seem to be more favorable now. It was tough in the first run, we made it by the skin of our teeth which was good. We were hoping we could have made the Fast 6 but it just didn’t happen.
Spencer Pigot driving the No.20 Samsung Chevrolet endured a tough qualifying session as he will start the race from 21st place.
Pigot who set a fastest time of 01:25.1826s commented following the race by saying:
The day started off really well. I thought third practice was the best session we’ve had. We were really close to the front and the car was feeling really good. This afternoon in qualifying, we put the reds on and it was a little trickier. I made a pretty big mistake on my clean lap at the end of the session and never got a chance to put one together. It’s unfortunate, the guys gave me a great car. I know we’re fast, but a mistake prevented us from showing that in qualifying.