Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Business Chevrolet says that the track temperature played a big part in how practice went during Friday’s opening day of track action at the Thermal Club ahead of Sunday’s $1 million Challenge, the first non-points race in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES since they went to Surfers Paradise in Australia in 2008.

Speaking to The Paddock Eye following the conclusion of the track action Power said:

It was more the temperature. I guess it gets a little bit more rubber. There’s a huge difference between running when the track’s 120 and running when it gets under 100. The makes a big difference in grip.

Yeah, it would be the time of the day that matters. Like if you went straight out tomorrow morning on new tires, it’s going to be the quickest time all weekend I think.

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