Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet will start Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway from 9th place on the grid.
The Brazilian set a two lap average qualifying speed of 218.606mph and was the highest placed of Chip Ganassi Racing’s four drivers. Speaking following the qualifying session, TK commented by saying:
I think we took a conservative approach today for qualifying with the NTT Data Chevrolet. We knew that we were going to have a challenging session based on the feedback from my teammates that went out before me. We didn’t want to take any chances. It’s a long race – 500 miles – and I think we’ll have a good car for the race.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet will start the race from 16th place on the grid.
Kimball endured a tough morning session as he suffered a heavy crash which saw his steering wheel come off and hit him, he stated following the accident that his helmet had dents in it as a result and has been retired as a result.
Speaking following the session, Kimball commented by saying:
The No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet felt really rock solid, so I think I definitely could’ve gone a little bit harder. I cracked the throttle in Turn 1 in two laps, but I think that’s fairly understandable after what happened this morning. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys and really everyone on the team worked so hard to get me ready for qualifying – I really appreciate everyone’s efforts. The 83 car felt good in qualifying though. We’ll put some more downforce in it and work out a few more things tonight in practice to make sure we’re ready go for tomorrow.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet will start the race from 17th place and speaking following the session the Englishman commented by saying:
I can see why they call this place the Tricky Triangle because this track is totally different from when we tested here a few weeks ago. It’s definitely a tough place to figure out. I was adjusting the car and trying to get the most out of it, but I didn’t have the confidence in the car for qualifying.
It was an extremely tough session for reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet who as a result of a strategy error by his crew he will start the race from 19th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It wasn’t great out there in the Target car today for some reason. The car was extremely loose and we had quite a few issues this morning. We did a little bit of race running in the practice session but we lost a lot of track time with the crashes this morning that others had. I just don’t think we did a good job rolling off the truck this weekend and we paid for it in qualifying for sure. We have a lot of work to do before the race.