Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet will start the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 2nd place on the grid for Team Penske. The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion set a four lap qualifying average speed of 228.761MPH.
Speaking following the session, Pagenaud commented by saying:
We gave our best. It was an incredible run. The No. 22 Menards team did a phenomenal job on the car yesterday and today. Ed (Carpenter) was just a little faster. It is what it is. It’s qualifying, and you try everything you have. I hate the waiting part of qualifying. Waiting is the worst because you don’t know what the others have. But we gave everything we had. It’s going to be a front row for us, and I thank the team and Chevrolet for an incredible job. Chevrolet, man, it’s incredible what they gave us. Team Penske did an excellent job preparing for this event. I’m super excited.
IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis race winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet joins Pagenaud and Ed Carpenter on the front row of the grid having qualified in third place with a four lap average qualifying speed of 228.607MPH and speaking following the session the Australian commented by saying:
We weren’t going to beat a 230 mph lap. That’s very impressive. I don’t know how he (Ed Carpenter) did it in these conditions. I’m kind of happy with my run. If I could stay on the front row, too, that would be awesome. We’ll see what happens now. I feel good. I’ve had a very positive month, so we’ll see what we can do.
Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion and current championship leader Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet starts the race from fourth place on the grid following a four lap average speed of 228.405MPH and speaking following the session, the Tennessee native commented by saying:
You hope to go last in this sort of deal, but we didn’t. All these Team Penske cars have been so quick this month. We have a lot of great people working on them. Team Chevy has really brought their A-game. They’re going to get it done today, and hopefully, we can do it next weekend. I’m looking at my teammates, hoping we can get all four cars up front.” (On adjustments on the car after practice): “Some of it was eye-opening. We had a little moment in Turn 1, but it was a good practice for us to figure things out and see what we wanted to do. We made a lot of good decisions. You can always do things a little bit better after the fact, but for everything we knew, we put a really solid effort together. I’m really proud of the team.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet who returns to attempt to win his fourth Indianapolis 500 starts the race from eighth place on the grid with a fastest four lap average speed of 227.859MPH and speaking following the session, the Brazilian commented by saying:
This is exciting for the fans. It’s exciting for us – for the teams and the drivers. When I saw that 230 mph, I was like, ‘Do we have enough to go that fast?’ And the guys were like, ‘Well, if we have a little help from the wind we might.’ But it’s all about being there in the end. I had to take that chance, otherwise I would be thinking, ‘I should have done it.’ Right now, we are happy to be competitive, but let’s see what’s going to happen in the race.