Team Penske’s Will Power said he was stoked with the performance of the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet which gave him his third Verizon P1 Award of the season and the 48th of his IndyCar career.
Speaking following the session, Power commented by saying:
I was a little worried when I saw my teammates’ data and the gear trace; they were turning more right than left. But when Helio (Castroneves) went, who had a similar car to me, I thought, ‘The track’s coming in,’ and it seemed like people got more and more consistent, so I thought — I actually didn’t even know what speeds JR (Hildebrand) was on, but I did my absolute best. Very happy to start up front. Obviously around short track racing, pole is more important for the next race and good position than it is track position here. You’ve got to be very good in traffic, so we’ve got our eye on that and focusing pretty hard on that.
It was a great session for Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet as the Brazilian who is aiming for his first win of the season will start the race from third place on the grid.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet will start the race from 11th place after setting a two lap average of 181.137MPH. Speaking following the session, the Frenchman commented by saying:
That was a bit of a scary ride. I don’t know if it was the different kind of rubber laid down by the other series or what, but the Menards Chevy was a little loose. That can happen when you go out first. You’re just never really sure what you’re going to get. I’m not worried about anything though. I know the car is strong. My teammates that went out later in the session had good runs, so we’ll just need to work through some traffic to get to the front. There’s a lot of laps in this race, so there’s time to get there.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet endured a tough qualifying as he will start the race from 16th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
With the order, Simon (Pagenaud) and I were guinea pigs. The track was a little slick and the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet was loose, but I’m really confident we’ll be good for the race. This was all about timing and having to go out third. I’m very excited to have Fitzgerald on board since that is who was on the car when I got my first Team Penske win at Barber back in April. I’m looking forward to a great race tomorrow. We just need to pass a bunch of people.