Helio Castroneves in the No.3 AAA Insurance Chevrolet will start Saturday’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from third place after setting a two lap qualifying average speed of 216.740mph. Speaking following the session Castroneves commented by saying:
We’re very happy with the qualifying results. And not surprised at all. The AAA Insurance Chevrolet team is the best and have worked really hard on this car. The warmth is really a challenge. Racing at night is another challenge after a practice and qualifying in the heat of the day. We all know that tire degradation is critical and trying to manage that is pretty difficult. I like where we are starting and we hope to bring home a good result.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet will start the race from 17th place after setting a two lap qualifying average of 215.279mph and speaking following the session the Colombian commented by saying:
Disappointed that we didn’t qualify better today. For some reason our car was slow. We’ll just have to look at things tonight and see what we can do to have better results tomorrow.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Hewlett Packard Enterprises Chevrolet will start the race from 6th place and goes into the weekend with a 50 point lead in the series standings and speaking after setting a qualifying average speed of 216.663mph he commented by saying:
The balance and the handling of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevy is good. I’m really happy with it. Qualifying is difficult here. We worked primarily on race trim earlier in practice and not a lot of qualifying stuff. Tire management is so important here, but it is fun to see who has the fast cars on new tires.
Race winner last time out in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race 2 Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Chevrolet will start the Firestone 600 from seventh place having set a two lap qualifying average of 216.647mph and speaking following the session he commente by saying:
Not quite what we expected for the Verizon Chevy. We’ll need to reset up some things for tomorrow so we can get better in traffic. Just needed to run a bit more down force. Hard to predict what do with the car and what to do in traffic because it can be different every year here.