Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet will start Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course from second place following a fastest time of 01:04.8939s and speaking following the session the Australian said:
Yeah, pretty good, yeah happy with front row. Obviously, it’s a real track position track, it’s difficult to pass and everyone is fast these days, so qualifying means a lot. Yeah, Alex (Rossi) just pumped out one really good lap there. I thought my lap was really good, and then I came in and saw what he did and that was a solid lap.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet starts the race from fourth place having set a fastest time of 01:05.1335s and speaking following the session he said:
Yeah, it was a very mixed up day for sure. We didn’t know how it was going to shake out. I actually thought maybe we got knocked out in the second round because when a red flag happens like that, you just don’t know exactly where you line into the equation. Fortunately, we were still sixth, so we got that Firestone Fast Six opportunity. I think we had a fast six car, potentially a pole car, but just didn’t get it all put together. Fourth is a good start for us, it’s not a bad thing, I’m not going to complain, but we did want to be a little bit higher. Now that we’ve got a good view, though, we will work on our race car. I think the Hitachi car has been fast. We need to make it a little more consistent, but if we find that for tomorrow we are going to be just fine.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet starts the race from 17th place following a tough session in which he set a time of 01:05.9630s and speaking following the session he said:
I’m not comfortable with the rear of the car. So, I can’t get in the corner myself and I keep making mistakes, so, that is my problem. That is what I’m dealing with at the moment. It is very challenging, which is a good thing, but we haven’t been able to find my comfort zone here.”