Penske endure depressing qualifying, fails to make Quick 9… once more
“It’s shocking to all of us,” mentioned Will Energy, Penske’s 2018 Indy 500 winner, because the final 50 minutes of qualifying arrived and was left exterior the highest 30 assured spots within the discipline. “Clearly lacking one thing right here, however we now have nice race vehicles. To be trustworthy, we actually do. We’ve got nice race vehicles. So if we are able to maintain it clear on race day, I feel we’ll be good, however first we’ve obtained to get within the present.”
Though Penske’s engine companions at Chevrolet additionally struggled in qualifying, Ed Carpenter Racing was a contented outlier because it positioned two vehicles contained in the Quick 9, highlighting the distinction in efficiency between ECR and the remainder of the Bowtie’s runners on Saturday.
Inside Staff Penske, rookie Scott McLaughlin led the squad in P17 with a mean pace of 230.557mph within the No. 3 Chevy. Josef Newgarden made a number of qualifying makes an attempt and was pressured to settle with P21 within the No. 2 Chevy (230.071mph), and persevering with the theme, Simon Pagenaud closed the day in P26 with the No. 22 Chevy (229.778mph).
On the backside of the Penske effort, a shocked Energy spent hours exterior the highest 30, and by the shut of the session at 5:50 p.m., his No. 12 Chevy was caught in at P31 with a irritating common of 229.228mph.
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