Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet claimed his 49 Verizon IndyCar Series career P1 Award at the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course. The Australian set a fastest time of 01:04.1720s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m really excited for this pole. The No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet crew has really been on it all weekend here at Mid-Ohio. I’m ready for tomorrow’s race with what we feel is a really strong car.
Toronto race winner Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet starts the race from second place with a time of 01:04.3067s and speaking following the session, the Tennessee native commented by saying:
Starting second tomorrow is awesome. The No. 2 PPG Chevrolet is really strong for tomorrow’s race at Mid-Ohio. The team has been really working hard this weekend and it’s paying off. We can’t wait for tomorrow’s race to put on a great show for the crowd here.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet who is the midst of a season long championship battle with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon will start Sunday’s race from fifth place on the grid just behind Graham Rahal.
Speaking following the session, the Brazilian commented by saying:
That was a lot of fun. Everything was so close. INDYCAR racing is down to the centimeters now. We calculated about three laps would be perfect. But because of those 15 seconds that we stayed in the pits, it basically cost us a third lap on the second set of tires, so we didn’t have enough time to complete that. And I got caught in (Turns) 4, 5 and 6, which is a fast area. We lost a bunch of lap time. Regardless of that, thought the Hitachi Chevy was really strong. Congrats to Will (Power). We’ll just keep digging.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet just missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast Six and will start the race from seventh place just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe.
Speaking following the session, the Frenchman commented by saying:
Honestly, I’m a little surprised we didn’t make the (Firestone) Fast Six. It felt like a good lap in the Menards Chevy, but we came up a little short. I put everything I had in it. That’s racing. That’s INDYCAR racing. We’re all fighting for hundredths of a second. I think we have a good car for the race. We’ll line up tomorrow and see what happens.