Verizon Team Team Penske’s Will Power was the fastest of Roger Penske’s four cars in the combined times at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday ending the day with the fifth fastest time overall just ahead of Graham Rahal and speaking following the action on Friday, Power commented by saying:
We changed a few things on the Verizon Chevy for the second practice. So, we got ourselves in the right window and we feel confident for tomorrow. We’re pretty happy with the car and I believe we’re around about where we need to be.
Simon Pagenaud who won last time out at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and who goes into this weekend’s race with a 14 point lead over Scott Dixon following a string of podium finishes ended the day with the eighth combined fastest time and speaking following the action, the Frenchman in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet commented by saying:
I like the racing here because especially on restarts, you get a lot of opportunities to run side by side in Turn 1, Turn 2, Turn 5, even entry of Turn 8, so the first lap is very exciting. You can make a move. The weather every year is playing a card, as well, and I kind of like that. That’s racing. You’ve got to play with the elements, and I remember I think it was 2014 when it rained at the beginning of the race and then it was dry at the end. I just love that kind of racing. I wouldn’t mind a weekend like that.
Juan Pablo Montoya was pretty happy with his car this morning and ended the day with the ninth fastest combined time overall in the No.2 Verizon Chevrolet and speaking following the action he commented by saying:
We had a good day today. We are struggling a bit with understeer in the Verizon Chevy. We definitely made gains on it. I’m usually in the top 10 here and we are right there again. If we can continue to dial the understeer out we will be better. Qualifying is going to be key for us tomorrow so we will go to work on that.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 AAA Insurance Chevrolet had a disappointing opening day as he end up with the 17th combined fastest time of the day and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
The AAA Insurance Chevrolet wasn’t as consistent as we hoped. Fortunately, we have another practice tomorrow and teammates to get information from. I’m confident we’ll have a good qualifying session tomorrow.