Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet ended the opening day of practice as the fastest of ‘The Captain’s’ cars. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis winner ended the day in seventh place completing 34 laps and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
The Verizon Chevy team is just looking to build on the momentum of our INDYCAR Grand Prix victory on Saturday. The guys did a lot of work getting the car situated yesterday. I was over in the garage for a bit and everyone was flying around. It was pretty crazy. Everything today felt pretty comfortable. We didn’t get after it very hard today. We just wanted shake it down a little and get some data to look at.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet completed 26 laps with the 12th fastest speed of the of the day and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It’s great to be here in Indianapolis. I got a little taste last week with the grand prix, but now it’s down to business. The Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet was good today. No complaints. There’s still plenty to learn, but we should have the time to do that. We’ll probably take a little different approach tomorrow and run a little harder and get a little better feel of where we are.
Reigning series champion and current points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet was 16th fastest and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It’s good to be here for May. It’s the most exciting month of the year for us. It’s great to finally be in speedway mode – so far, so good. The Menards Chevrolet feels really nice just as it did last year. There haven’t been a lot of changes. It’s just about understanding with the temperature how the car is going to be in the race. It’s great that is was hot today like it will be later in the month for the race. We have five cars this month, so there is a lot of information. It’s nice to have (Juan Pablo) Montoya back. He’s a great resource for this place.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet ended the day in 24th place and speaking following his session he commented by saying:
It’s always great to get out on the track in Indianapolis. There’s just a feel about this place. We didn’t get too aggressive today. We just wanted to do some learning. I think we’ll have bigger plans tomorrow. The hum by Verizon Chevy felt good today.
Three time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet ended the day in 26th place and speaking following his day in the car he commented by saying:
It’s the first day of Indianapolis 500 practice. How can you not be excited about that? This place is magical. It’s great to get started. The Shell Fuel Rewards Chevy felt good and looked great, too. It’s nice to have Shell-Pennzoil on board for this event. They’ve had a lot of success and we hope to add to it as the month goes along. We kind of felt our way through today, but I think tomorrow will be different.