Roger Penske said recently when he was announced as the pace car driver for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 that he would love to lead one of his cars off the line unfortunately for the Captain he won’t get to do that as he highest placed driver Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet will start the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from sixth place. Speaking following the session, Power commented by saying:
Well, I just couldn’t get the Verizon Chevy up to speed. We were wide open all of the way around. The conditions were a little harder, so we added some downforce and, unfortunately, it just wasn’t fast enough. Despite that, I’m still proud of the Verizon Chevy team and very happy with the run and getting into the Fast Nine. It was fun to be there and, now, we’re looking forward to the race.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet went into qualifying having won three races in a row and was a hot favourite to take the P1 Award however it wasn’t to be as although the Frenchman made it into the fast nine competition he will start the race from the middle of row three in eighth place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Well, we didn’t do as well as we would’ve liked. It was a little difficult being the first car out, but we ended up eighth and we’re happy with that. It’s actually a pretty good starting spot. We came here to win the race and that obviously is still out focus. I couldn’t be prouder of the whole Menards Chevrolet team. Everybody has worked so hard to give me a great car and I’m really excited for the race next week.
Three time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet will start the race from ninth place and speaking following qualifying he commented by saying:
In the end our Pennzoil Chevrolet had great balance but we didn’t have the speed to get us on the front row. You don’t need to be up front to win thankfully. I’m looking forward to getting the Chevrolet where we need to be and focus on the race ahead.
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet had a tough session as during his four lap run he ran over a plastic bag that came onto the circuit damaging his front wing.
Following a review the Verizon IndyCar Series allowed the Colombian to complete another four lap run however he was forced to run the four laps with the damage to the car as the team were not allowed to work on the chassis in the pit-lane. Montoya will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 17th place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
What can you do? We had a good run going and then I ran over the trash bag. They gave us another shot, but that’s not ideal. We came from the back of the pack last year. It’s a long race and all kinds of things happen. My Verizon Chevy team will be ready on race day.