Ed Carpenter Racing’s owner Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet ended the opening day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in third place overall following a strong performance having set the fastest speed in the morning session.

Speaking following the session he commented by saying:

It was a good start to the month. It’s always nice, obviously, to be near the top of the time sheet. For the most part, things went according to plan. We accomplished what we wanted to and worked through the list we had for today, not only for the 20 car but also with the 21. We would have liked to have a little bit better group run, but we just got a little bit disjointed. Every time we tried, we got caught in a yellow or people pitted, so we stopped a few minutes early because of where we were on tries. All in all, a good start. I’ve certainly had worst starts the past couple of years. It’s important to get off on the right foot and build some confidence, not only for myself but for the whole team. If we can keep having productive days like today every time we are on track, I’ll feel pretty good.

JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet ended the day in 17th place and speaking following the day in the car he commented by saying:

It’s always great to be back out here on the superspeedway. Our first day went well. We did quite a bit of running today. The conditions were quite hot. I believe it will get hotter and windier as the week goes on, so we’ll have to prepare for that. I feel pretty good about our first-day progress. The team’s working well. We’ll see what we have for the rest of the month. It’s good to be back.

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