Tough day in qualifying, Penske quartet miss out on Quick 9
You need to go all the way in which again to 2002 to search out an Indianapolis 500 Quick 9 with out a number of representatives from Group Penske. Eighteen years after Helio Castroneves certified 13th and Gil de Ferran took 14th on the grid, it occurred once more as Penske’s quartet of drivers lacked the pace to say a beginning place within the first three rows.
It was one other tough day for two-time champion Josef Newgarden (13th), 2018 Indy winner Will Energy (22nd), defending Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (picture above, 25th), and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves (28th), making for one of many stranger qualifying periods on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Chevy-powered foursome struggled for qualifying tempo on Quick Friday, and solely Newgarden was capable of submit a qualifying common above 229mph.
“Being on the second web page usually will not be a superb factor,” Castroneves mentioned of being on the underside half of the timing and scoring info. “Clearly, the automotive is one piece; that’s a very powerful factor. [There’s] nothing that we’re going to have the ability to do at 230, 231, I assume.”
Energy was particularly dejected.
“Not an opportunity. Not an opportunity. In all probability one of many slowest vehicles on the market by the look of it,” he mentioned. “It was broad open the entire time. It simply blows my thoughts, each time I come right here, I get so many poles at each different monitor and I’ll by no means have the quickest automotive right here. By no means. And I don’t know why. We ran much less downforce than Josef and we’re slower, so… Yeah. That’s it, man. I reckon that’s it. That’s all we acquired.”
Newgarden was extra optimistic, trying to the race on August 23rd as a very powerful day to search out the very best stability of particular person pace and working properly in visitors. With the run for pole place misplaced, the large pay day is the place Group Penske will focus its energies.
“I feel that’s just about what our pace of our automotive is,” he mentioned. “Might have eked out possibly only a contact extra, however I feel we had been near the restrict.
“Nevertheless it’s nice to be right here. I feel we’re going to placed on a tremendous present subsequent weekend and I feel we’re going to have a superb automotive to race with, with Shell and Group Chevy.”
Energy additionally acknowledged the frustration in qualifying probably will probably be momentary.
“You may win from wherever right here,” he mentioned. “So we’re going to work laborious on the race automotive and have some enjoyable subsequent weekend.”