Team Penske had a strong opening day to the Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin on Friday as Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet set the second fastest time of the day a 01:43.1608s and speaking following the session the Australian commented by saying:
The tire never feels in the road, never feels like it has a lot of bite. That is just the surface. It makes it interesting. I mean, it makes it good. You really have to get your balance right and drive it right to get the time. You see a lot of people making mistakes and pushing the limits. These cars are crazy fast in the corners now, the Carousel. Almost makes you wonder if you could be flat around there. I enjoy this track a lot.
Juan Pablo Montoya set the fourth fastest time of the day with the fastest time of 01:43.7427s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The DeVilbiss Chevrolet was much better during the second practice. We tried a few things and went in a different direction than from the first practice. We gained on it and we feel pretty strong going into qualifying tomorrow.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet ended the day in seventh place with a fastest time of 01:43.8137s and speaking following the on track action he commented by saying:
I think we’re in good shape with the Hitachi Chevrolet. We tried several things and learned a lot. I’m confident that we’ll be good for qualifying tomorrow. I haven’t raced here in some time, so getting the rhythm was important today along with finding good balance with the car.
Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud ended the day in 15th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I liked the Menards Chevy today. We threw quite a bit at it. The track is really changing quite a bit, but I think we’re in a good place for tomorrow. This is a challenging place, so it’s very important to get the car in as good a place as possible. I’m looking forward to learning more in practice tomorrow and move into qualifying with a lot of confidence.