Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet will start today’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course from sixth place.
The Australian who has dominated the race here for the last two years set a fastest time of 01:08.7901s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
I think we’ve been on the back foot all day, honestly. The lap I did to get in the Fast Six was a great lap at just the right time on the tires. Then the tires had gone away in the final session. But man, I wasn’t even close in the final session and I was killing myself out there for position six. But that is what we are dealing with now. It is so competitive out there and if you are a little bit out of the window, you are going to struggle.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet starts the race from eighth place and speaking following the session the Frenchman said:
“It’s a lot of fun out there. It is so competitive. Everyone on the Menards Chevy did a great job today. We took a step backward in practice two and took a big step forward in that qualifying session. I’m pretty happy thought. I gave it everything I could. That was the best lap I could have done, we just need to find a little bit more. We are right there. And if it rains tomorrow, you just have to adapt. It’s the same for everyone. I enjoy driving in the rain, so we will put on a good show tomorrow.”
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald USA Chevrolet starts the race from 13th place with a time of 01:08.6240s and said:
The Fitzgerald car feels really good out there, we are just six-tenths off. I felt like I did a good lap, but for whatever reason, we are all back there. I am not sure where we are missing it. But I can promise you we are going to go to work and figure it out. Unfortunately, we just aren’t that close. So now you just go to work and try and figure out where you can do better. If you can’t get the speed completely, you just make the most of the race, and that’s all we can do. This Fitzgerald USA team is the best, so we will make the most of it. And it might rain, so it could be a crapshoot either way.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet starts the race from 15th place with a time of 01:08.6497s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“Going out on reds twice was the strategy that we decided early on to see if we were going to be able to make the next round. We are not in the hunt for points or anything. We are just looking for the Indy 500, so it was a good gamble to find out what we could do. Plus, it collects information for our teammates for the setup on the reds. That is what we did. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out and we were just five hundredths behind. And it was good for me to get rhythm and for everyone else. So we will just see how the Pennzoil Chevrolet is tomorrow.”