Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton believes the team are making progress as he qualified for today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in 13th place in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet with a time of 01:08.0235s and speaking following the session he said:
We’re 100 percent making progress. The gap in that session to pole was half a second, which is the closest it’s been all weekend. We’re catching up, but it’s just a little frustrating that we went red and it didn’t pay off for us. It’s difficult around here, because it’s so close that you have to really perfect your lap, and unfortunately, I made a slight mistake at Turn 13. Barber is one of those tracks where you really have to push to get a good lap and I think I just slightly overdid it. Regardless, today’s qualifying efforts from myself and Charlie (Kimball) are the best Carlin Verizon IndyCar Series results so far this season, so that’s something we can build on.
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet starts the race from 14th place on the grid having set a qualifying time of 01:08.5494s and speaking following the session the Californian commented by saying:
It’s a little frustrating not to make the top 12, but honestly, the progress we’ve made since St. Pete and even in Long Beach just on qualifying is nothing to scoff at. I’m really proud of this team – they keep making progress. I think we have a solid baseline to go off of moving forward. Now we just need to optimize for each race track and figure out to how to get into the top 12 and ultimately into the Firestone Fast Six.