AJ Foyt Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.11 Treisba Chevrolet says that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throws up curveballs and Saturday’s opening day of qualifying for the 105th running of Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place on Sunday 30th May as the Californian will aim to bump his way into the field for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.
Speaking following the session, Kimball said:
“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway throws you curveballs and today was definitely it, “We definitely executed and I’m really proud of the No. 11 Tresiba Chevrolet team for all of their hard work, all week long. We had started to see a speed delta, we kept following it, kept working on it, and today it reared its ugly head and it meant that we did not qualify for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500—yet. We get that opportunity tomorrow. We have a plan, the A.J. Foyt Racing guys are going to pull together, they’ve got three cars in the race and I know I’m going to have the support of all four cars to get it done when it matters on Sunday.”
JR Hildebrand in the No.1 ABC Supply Chevrolet starts the race from 22nd place with a speed of 229.980MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was a pretty good day for the No. 1 ABC Supply car,” Hildebrand said. “We knew we were going to come into today and that it was going to be really tough in the mid-pack, the middle of the field. I mean the Hondas were looking pretty strong at qualifying boost so we knew that it was going to be a difficult thing to overcome throughout the field.
Honestly, I’m just really proud of the guys,” Hildebrand revealed. “Qualifying, to me, is just so representative of the hard work the guys are doing behind the scenes. They were here late last night and super early this morning getting this thing prepped. [They were] Rubbing on it all week, so huge credit to the team to be able to throw up a pretty good number. We had a little bit more in it because we had a weird technical glitch on the third lap, so we knew there was a little bit more there. Altogether in terms of just how the run felt, it felt pretty strong. Looking forward to getting ready for the race now.
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet starts the race from 27th place after recording a four lap average of 229.744MPH and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“Well, we got the No. 14 ROKiT A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet in the show. “So not exactly where we want to be as far as positions, but it’s safely in, in one piece and now we can focus again on dialing it in for the race. which is what we’ll do tomorrow.”
We’re not going to Bump Day so that’s a mission accomplished! We didn’t quite have the pace we thought we’d have coming out of Fast Friday, but that’s just how it goes sometimes. We missed the gearing a little bit on that first run, and we made an adjustment and took a bit of a risk on trimming for this last run here, had a big washout in 2, kept it off the wall and we just squeaked through. So I’m happy for the 4 team, and that we got three of the four cars in the show. We’ve got our work cut out for us to get up the field during the race but that’s what we’ll be focusing on next week
We kind of knew it was going to be a stressful day because by ourselves we hadn’t had the speed we wanted in our cars. But we’ve been working at it and actually gained a lot today. We’re just really happy to get three of them in. We’re still struggling with the 11 car, we’ve got all the engineers and mechanics looking at it tonight, going over everything with a fine-toothed comb to see if we could find something to get a little more speed out of it. We really want to get that car in the race. It’s good that we can focus on that one tomorrow.
“The drivers did a good job to get in, a little bit of a stressful qualifying moment at the end with this format. It’s just so different from what it used to be back in the day as far as doing all these multiple attempts. I know it’s exciting but it’s very nerve-wracking at the same time. Going into tomorrow definitely happy to have three locked in the race and now we can focus on the last one.”