Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and his team mate Will Power have spoken to the president of competition and operations Jay Frye about qualifying on ovals.
The pair believe that the current qualifying format on ovals is unfair with Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais describing Penske’s participation in the Firestone Fast Six as a lock out with the outfit securing 4 of the six positions in the top six.
In the 17 races in 2017, Team Penske scored 11 Verizon P1 Awards. Josef Newgarden said that the first ten guys out in qualifying are just cleaning the track for the next 10 or 12 drivers.
Newgarden also believes that drivers should also be rewarded for their practice results. Power believes that the qualifying order for ovals could be based on the standings. Power said that doing it that way would be beneficial to the likes of Ed Carpenter who competes just on ovals and that way he would not be first out on track every time.