Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet ended the opening day of track action at the Mid-Ohio sports car course ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 in first place with a fastest time of 01:04.1962s at a speed of 126.624mph.

Will Power goes into this weekend’s race having won three of last four races including the Honda Indy Toronto last time out to close the gap in the championship to series points leader and his Penske team mate Simon Pagenaud to 47 points with five races remaining this season.

Speaking following the day of track action Power commented by saying:

It’s interesting this place. It’s funny, tracks that click with you, it’s me and Sonoma and Dixon and this track. Usually he clicks well around here. I think we’ve had a couple poles here. We finished second a couple times. It’s just about nailing it. Obviously yellows play a big part. If it goes yellow and you’re stuck out, you go to the back, which is one of the worst things about this series, and it has to change. I say it every week. But it won me a race in Toronto, and it probably won me a race in Detroit, and I still say it’s wrong. But hopefully it’s dry for qualifying. I think that’ll make it — I wouldn’t say more interesting. There’s a way to make it really interesting, but for us we’ve got a good car on the dry, so we’re open to that. So this way we’ll be ready.

Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet ended the day in third place just behind Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet with a time of 01:04.5353s and speaking following the day of track activity the Frenchman commented by saying:

We were looking to build on what we learned at the test and were able to do that. The PPG Chevy is in a good place. I don’t know what the rain will do to the track, but we’ll find that out in practice tomorrow. I’m confident that we’ll perform well in qualifying and get a good starting position. I just hope we can get some dry weather for us and the fans.

Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet ended the day in 12th place with a fastest time of 01:04.8972s and speaking following the day of track time he commented by saying:

The Hitachi Chevrolet is really good. We tried a lot of different combinations and really learned a lot. Obviously, that was in dry conditions. Hopefully, it will be dry tomorrow. We’ll see how different the track is tomorrow after the rain today. Either way, we’ll learn more tomorrow and be ready for qualifying.

Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Hawk Performance Chevrolet ended the day in 17th place with a fastest time of 01:05.0555s and speaking following the opening day of action the Colombian commented by saying:

The Hawk Performance Chevy was pretty quick today. It was not as good at the test so we made some changes to the car and as a result, we gained on those changes a lot during practice. This is a tough racetrack and so the more changes we make, the better we can adjust here. Hopefully, we’ll get some dry weather tomorrow for qualifying. Either way, we’ll be ready.”

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