Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama from pole position ahead of team mate Will Power following a sensational battle at Barber Motorsports Park.
Speaking after taking the P1 Award and the bonus point for taking the pole, Pagenaud commented by saying:
It was awesome. The car was just incredible, the PPG Car, especially on the red Firestone tires. I really had a good time just driving it. We put the least amount of fuel in it and tried to save the tires by only going one lap in each segment. The car was so good that we just went through every segment. That last lap I just dug deep and that was one of the best feelings that I have ever had driving. Just that lap was good.
Will Power who has secured two podium finishes in his two race starts this season takes his race position tomorrow alongside Pagenaud and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m happy to be starting on the front row with the Verizon car. We’ll see if we can get a podium, a win, something to try and close that points gap so we have a shot at the end of the year.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 AAA Insurance Chevrolet just missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast six and will start the race from seventh place just ahead of James Hinchcliffe and speaking following the session he stated:
We just haven’t been as consistent as we wanted to be. The AAA Insurance Chevrolet team has really worked hard. We got into the second round and when I got out there I took a chance in Turn 9 and it didn’t work out. I’m glad I tried, though. Starting seventh isn’t that bad considering where we have been. I’m really looking forward to racing tomorrow.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet had a disastrous qualifying despite being quick in the final practice session and will start the race from the back of the field in 21st place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was OK but normally the reds come in really good and they go away really fast. For me they came in OK but they just stayed there. I could run the same lap times over and over again. It is not normal. I had too much understeer in the car and we’ve been fighting it all weekend. I felt like this morning we were where we needed to be for qualifying, but we put the reds on there and I was thinking, ‘What the hell happened?