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CHEVY INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS: Team Chevy Practice Recap

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRACTICE RECAP
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2018) – Dialing in car set-up for 200 grueling laps on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval was the primary objective for 16 Chevy Racing drivers during practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The 33 qualified drivers combined to log 2,526 laps. Team Penske’s Will Power was the workhorse of the Team Chevy drivers with 120 laps during the scheduled 3-hour, 30-minute program that was delayed briefly at the start by rain. Helio Castroneves recorded 118 laps and pole winner Ed Carpenter also saw considerable track time with 100 laps.

Sage Karam, driving the No. 24 WIX Filters Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, topped the speed chart with a lap of 226.461 mph/39.7419 seconds. Rookie Kyle Kaiser, driving the No. 32 NFP/Juncos Racing Chevrolet, posted the best no tow lap at 221.107 mph, and Carpenter was second at 220.600 mph.

Following Fast Nine Shootout qualifying, new 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged, direct injected V6 Chevrolet engines were installed in all 16 Team Chevy entries for Carb Day practice May 25. The one-hour session will be the final on-track practice before the May 27 race.

Chevrolet swept the front row in qualifications May 20, led by Carpenter in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet with a four-lap average speed of 229.618 mph, and placed seven cars on the first three rows. Carpenter is the 10th driver with three pole starts in the Indy 500, and he’ll seek to score his first victory in the race and 10th for Chevrolet.

Since its return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, Chevrolet has registered poles in “the Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by Ryan Briscoe in ’12; Carpenter in ’13, ’14, ’18; and Scott Dixon in ’15. The Bowtie brand has 77 poles overall in 107 races in the seven seasons.

Chevrolet will be pursing it’s 10th Indianapolis 500 win. Two Chevrolet team owners, Roger Penske and AJ Foyt, have been to the historic Victory Circle at the iconic Brickyard. Each of those teams will be fielding previous Indy 500 race winners – Helio Castronevese (Penske – three wins in 2001, 02 and 09) and Tony Kanaan (Foyt – 2013 winner for KV Racing).

ABC will telecast the race live at noon ET May 27.

TEAM CHEVY DRIVER FAST NINE POST QUALIFYING QUOTES

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Ed Carpenter Puts Chevrolet on the Pole for the Indianapolis 500

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES 102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY TEAM CHEVY QUALIFICATIONS DAY 2 RECAP MAY 20, 2018   Ed Carpenter Puts Chevrolet on the Pole for the Indianapolis 500 Bowtie Brand Sweeps Front Row Ed Carpenter Racing puts all three entries in Fast Nine Shootout o   Spencer Pigot…

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TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST QUALIFICATIONS DAY 2 QUOTES (STARTERS 10 THROUGH 27)

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES 102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MAY 20, 2018 TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FFOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH : “What a great effort as a team. A.J. (Foyt) and Larry (Foyt) put so much effort into this over the winter. They gave us everything…

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CHEVY INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS: Seven Team Chevy Drivers to Vie for Indianapolis 500 Pole

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFICATIONS DAY 1 RECAP
MAY 19, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2018) – Seven Chevrolet drivers will aim to claim the pole position for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil during the Fast Nine Shootout May 20 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

All four Team Penske entries, including Helio Castroneves seeking a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory, and all three Ed Carpenter Racing cars, including Danica Patrick seeking her first ‘500’ victory in the finale of her motorsports career, recorded four-lap average lap speeds on the first day of qualifications that secured spots in the nine-car segment.

All 16 Team Chevy entries, including rookies Matheus Leist and Kyle Kaiser, qualified for the 33-car field that will take the green flag May 27.

Castroneves, whose four pole starts in the 500-Mile Race are the most among active drivers, registered the best four-lap average speed of 228.919 mph in the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet.

Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter, who earned the pole in 2013 and ’14, posted the top lap speed of the 35 drivers who made qualifying attempts at 229.266 mph in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet and was the second-fastest qualifier. He sat atop the speed chart in 2017 after the first day of qualifications.

Simon Pagenaud, driving the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, and teammate Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet also cracked the top five. Spencer Pigot, whose qualified 29th in his previous two Indy 500 starts, was the sixth-fastest qualifier in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) champion Josef Newgarden was seventh in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Patrick, who will make her eighth Indianapolis 500 start and first since 2011, was the ninth-fastest qualifier in the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet.

On May 20, entries 10-33 will receive one four-lap attempt that will set Rows 4-11. The fastest nine cars from first-day qualifying will run in reverse order based on first-day times. Each car will receive one guaranteed attempt, with the first three rows set on the cars’ four-lap average speed during the segment.

ABC will telecast qualifications live at 4 p.m. ET.

Since its return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, Chevrolet has registered four poles in the Indianapolis 500 (Ryan Briscoe in ’12, Carpenter in ’13 and ’14, Scott Dixon in ’15) and 76 overall in 106 races. Chevrolet has swept the front row three times since 2012.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “The guys that ran in the morning got a huge advantage. There’s nothing you can do about it; it’s the luck of the draw. You draw a late number, it cost us. It’s been a remarkable job by the team, putting two cars in the top 10 (before end of day 1) when people believed we couldn’t even start this race it’s pretty good so far.

WERE YOU HAPPY WITH IT?

Yeah, it was a good run. The last lap wasn’t good. So, you hate to finish on that, but it wasn’t terrible. It’s still a decent run for us. I just wished we could have maximized that last lap a little bit better. But the Verizon car has been quick. I think track conditions slowed-up a little bit with the humidity. After all that rain it’s gotten really humid and it kind of slows our cars down. Hopefully it’s enough to hold. If it’s not, then, it’s not meant to be. But I think we’ve got a little more speed in our car.”

WAS IT SOMETHING YOU DID ON THAT LAST LAP, OR JUST THE CONDITIONS?

“My line was a little bit off in (Turn) 2 and I pushed up, so I had to correct and I lifted just a touch to correct it because I didn’t want it to be a bigger moment. Those fractions deals can hurt you at Indy.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 PENNZOIL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:  “I didn’t make many adjustments. The Shell Pennzoil Chevy looks really strong. Right now, we’re working very well and trying to make sure Chevy power keeps pushing up to the front. When I saw the 229, I thought it was 228. I had to compose myself. It’s amazing how the car became so sensitive by the last lap. You don’t want to do anything too aggressive.”

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “Qualifying was pretty good I think, I was pretty comfortable in the car and I’m happy with the performance and happy with the effort of all the ABC crew, I think they did a great job today. We’ll see how it goestomorrow. It was a tough run because the conditions changed so much from yesterday. Yesterday I had one car and today I had a different car but the good thing is that we were still fast. We had a little bit of understeer in turn 1 and 2 and we were a little bit edgy in 3 and 4 but I had my tools so I could control the car. I think I and the team did a great job together.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “I think the balance just came in as the run went on. Obviously fuel gets a little bit lighter, too. So, I think I think we have a good solid-balanced car so that’s why it was going faster. This is obviously a very different condition to the early runners, so hopefully we have a shot at the pole tomorrow. But, I think we’re solidly in the nine’s, and I’m happy with that.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 13 GODADDY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “Every year is a little different. I remember 13 years ago my first time, similar conditions (to today) early it was overcast and cooler and having to save it in (Turn) 1. I remember that and thenI remember years where the car was very neutral the whole way around the track and looking at the steering trace afterward and my heart rate is still not down to times you go out there and it just won’t go fast enough. That gets your heart rate going in a a different way. That’s the thing about Indy. It’s unpredictable. It ebbs and flows here. You can go out one day and you’re good and you go out the next day, try some things and wonder how you lost your way. You have to respect that process about Indy that it comes and goes. I am very happy with this car. I am comfortable, (Ed Carpenter Racing) has made me comfortable. We got off on a path that didn’t go very well for a while. The good thing is you come back to it and the car is there. I wish I would have been able to qualify before the rains came. The conditions were probably a little more ideal.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FFOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “It was a good day. The luck of the draw definitely hurt us a bit. It is what it is. As a team, it’s nice to see A.J. so happy. I wish I could’ve locked in the Fast 9 for him. But it doesn’t matter. Today, the most important thing was to be in the show. We have two cars that are very strong in the show. Tomorrow we will fight the pole which is for tenth [smiles] then we’ll go win the race. The year that we won here, I started 12th. I believe that we can do it.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “It was tough. The conditions are a lot harder than anything we’ve done (qualifying) sims in. I was smiling because my car is crazy fast. I probably could have been a little more brave and stuck it in there on that fourth lap but I was looking at the three times, trying to do math in my head among other things, and figured I could be a little conservative that last lap and make sure we had a chance for the shootout tomorrow. I was hoping it would still be good enough for P1 but I’m happy with that. The conditions are tough for the time of day to put in a time like that. It’s a testament to the team I have behind me. Obviously have to thank Chevrolet for the power this year.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “It’s definitely a very nice position to be in, being in the top nine. It’s no surprise to anyone to see the ECR cars up front. Such a great job by everyone to get all three cars in the top nine. Qualifying is only half over; we have another run tomorrow. Now we’ll look at everything and see how aggressive we want to be, trim out and go for it. It’s great to be quick here at the biggest race in the world, the one we all want to win. To be fast and up front is definitely a nice feeling. Qualifying is one thing and the race is another. We’re all pleased at the moment and see how it goes.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “I hate waiting. I just wanted to go, get it out of the way. At least see the performance. Conditions are going to be key for speed. A gust of wind that goes your way, you’re going to pick up a lot of speed. Or a temperature drop could be a big advantage.  Conditions today are what is going to get you up top the front. (How do you move to P1?) That’s one of the secrets of Indianapolis. Sometimes you have some super fast stuff going on and sometimes another teammate goes faster. We’re trying everything we can. It depends on the conditions on track. So far, the 22 Menards Chevy is really strong. I think it was a pretty strong performance.

“I’m very glad we got our run in and see the performance of the car. I think we’ve got something good. I think the four Team Penske cars are going to be very fast and obviously Helio (Castroneves) was really, really fast. I feel like the 22 Menards Chevrolet car is very competitive. We have a shot at (pole). I take my hat off to Chevrolet for the hard work that they’ve done all winter to get this engine at a different level of performance. They stepped up their game, and Team Penske the preparation with the car is rolling better than the others. It’s an honor to drive for two big friends like this.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 FIASP CARLIN CHEVROLET:  “I’m just so proud of the whole team for how much work they’ve put into this INDYCAR program and especially into making sure that both Carlin cars qualified for next Sunday. You know, we stopped a little early during practice yesterday and the conditions today were significantly different, so we were a bit worried about making sure we adjusted to those factors. I think we were hoping to get a bit more speed out of the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet, but we’re all just over the moon that we made it into the show. We definitely have some work to do tonight after we comb through some data from this afternoon and hopefully we’ll have a shot at moving up even further tomorrow.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 24 WIX FILTERS DRR CHEVROLET: “It’s about where I expected. I said I’d be between 15 and 20. I just wanted to get into the field today. That was the main goal, then tomorrow we can attack more. We missed the gear ratio today. I had to downshift going into Turn 1 on my first lap; that really killed the speed. But we’ll go back to the drawing board tonight, fix it and should be good. It’s a good starting point. We missed the setup a little bit. We’ll probably go more toward where JR (Hildebrand) was and should be good.” (How challenging was it with the variable weather conditions today?): “Yeah, that was the most challenging part. That’s why we missed the gears and the downforce level a little bit. If we have gotten out right before that last little rain, we would’ve been perfect. Unfortunately that’s how Indy is. It makes its own luck around here, and today I didn’t have the luck of the weather on my side.”

KYLE KAISER, NO. 32 NFP/JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET: ” Overall, I am ecstatic right now.  We had such a great day.  Rolling in, the guys made a few changes to the car from yesterday and we only had to qualify one time and the NFP Chevy car had the pace.  I am just so happy with the team and the all the hard work they’ve done and put in.  I am very excited to say that I will be in the Indianapolis 500 this year. I cannot wait for tomorrow to determine where we will actually be starting in the race, but to know we are in the show is an unbelievable feeling.  I am so grateful to Dan Andersen and the Mazda Road To Indy for the opportunity to get me this chance to qualify.  Now that I know I am in the race I couldn’t be happier.  I look forward to an exciting week ahead preparing for the race and getting out there for the biggest stage in racing.”

JAMES DAVISON, NO. 33 JONATHAN BYRD’S 502 EAST FOYT WITH BYRD/HOLLINGER/BELARDI CHEVROLET: “I’m amazed we were able to get back out and perform that well.  It is because I have the most phenominal, fantastic team with chemistry.  All the crew guys up and down pit lane are the real stars here.  They build these cars and make them safe for us. Yesterday was not good for us.  We weren’t fast and we had to try some things to get quicker.  I’m so proud of that run. If you have told me we would have been faster than the No. 5 car (James Hinchcliffe) I would have never believed you.  But it is early in the day, but at least we know we aren’t totally out to lunch.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET:  “I was really comfortable coming out of practice yesterday with the balance, but when I went out today it was literally within one corner I knew that it had changed a lot out there. The wind had gone up, the wind direction had changed, and I felt like the balance had changed. It’s just difficult if you’re struggling even a little bit because you just don’t know which way to go. I felt like the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet was a little loose and then the wind was getting stronger as we built up on speed so it was quite difficult. We weren’t thrilled with our overall pace, but honestly I’m just so proud of this team for getting both cars qualified for the Indianapolis 500.”

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 66 SALESFORCE DRR CHEVROLET: “The consistency was pretty good. It’s hard with conditions, they’re changing a lot even from this morning to this afternoon. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect. Hats off to these boys at Dreyer & Reinbold for being a one-off team here to be able to get it dialed in as much as we have. We’ve had a bit of a hectic week with everything that went down on Thursday, so props to the boys. Happy to be comfortably in the mix with the Salesforce Chevy this year.”

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING GROUP CHEVROLET: “Glad to finish the day safely inside the show. Our Harding Racing #88 had some really good speed, but we weren’t really able to maximize the speed that we thought we had. It was good enough to land us safely inside and now we’re going to look overnight and find a way to make the car really fast so we can start as close as we can to the front.”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS: Fast Friday in the Books for Team Chevy

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DAY 4 PRACTICE RECAP
MAY 18, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2018) – Sixteen Chevrolet drivers prepped for the first day of qualifications for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil by attempting to find clean air for qualifying simulations during practice today on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Lap speeds climbed as the boost level was increased to 1.4 bar on the twin turbocharger of the Chevrolet 2.2-liter V6 direct-injected engine. The change in boost pressure, which adds about 40 horsepower, will remain in place through the two days of qualifications.

Team Chevy drivers recorded the top four and seven of the top nine no tow lap speeds, which represents true speed, led by Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet at 229.780 mph. Teammates Josef Newgarden, driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was second at 228.993, and Simon Pagenaud was third at 228.857 mph in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet.

Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet; 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan in the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet; Spencer Pigot in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet; and Danica Patrick, driving the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet, also were in the top nine.

Overall, Carpenter was among four of the 35 drivers that logged 1,260 laps to post lap speeds in excess of 230 mph during the scheduled seven-hour practice session that was interrupted 17 minutes by moisture on the racetrack and 15 minutes after the No. 33 Jonathan Byrd’s 502 East Chevrolet driven by James Davison spun and made contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier. He was checked at the infield medical center and cleared to drive.

ABC will telecast qualifications live at 4 p.m. ET May 19 and May 20.

Since its return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, Chevrolet has registered four poles in the Indianapolis 500 (Ryan Briscoe in ’12, Carpenter in ’13 and ’14, Scott Dixon in ’15) and 76 overall in 106 races.

Among Rick Mears’ Indy 500 wins, the 1988 and ’91 victories came from the pole in a Chevrolet. Helio Castroneves, who is one of two Indy 500 winners driving a Chevrolet entered this year, will seek to join Mears, Al Unser and A.J. Foyt as the only four-time winners.

Castroneves, whose 2002 victory also was in a Chevrolet, has four Indy 500 pole starts, which is the most among active drivers. Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet, will seek to make his 18th start.

Chevrolet has nine victories in the Indy 500, dating to 1988, and the Oldsmobile brand of General Motors recorded five wins from 1997-2001, including ’01 by Helio Castroneves. Since 2012, Chevrolet has earned 76 wins.

Qualifications May 19 determines the 33 positions in the provisional field based on the fastest four-lap averages. All 35 entries are guaranteed at least one four-lap attempt to qualify, and time permitting there is no limit to the number of qualifying attempts an entry may make.

Once the provisional field is set, the nine entries with the best four-lap averages will advance directly to the May 20 Fast Nine Shootout to run for the pole.

On May 20, entries 10-33 will receive one four-lap attempt that will set Rows 4-11. The fastest nine cars from first-day qualifying will run in reverse order based on first-day times. Each car receives one guaranteed attempt, with the first three rows set on the cars’ four-lap average during the segment.

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DAY 4 PRACTICE TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES
MAY 18, 2018

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “Fast Friday is done. It was a pretty good day for us. The car has been feeling pretty fast since the beginning. I believe that we have a pretty solid set up for qualifying for the race. Looking forward to tomorrow. It’s going to be a long day, for sure, but we have a great car. I’m excited to set fast laps and hopefully advance to the Fast 9 on Sunday.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “I think the No. 12 Verizon Chevy is definitely in a good window. I think, obviously, we’re fast. I know there’s a lot of guys up there. I think it’s going to be very tight tomorrow, so we’ll know more when everyone goes. It’s always that you can feel fast on Friday, and suddenly go out, no traffic, or wind changes or anything, and the car’s not as good. But I felt I’ve been good all month, so we’ll see tomorrow.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 13 GODADDY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “We started off the day with a mechanical issue so we got a little delayed taking off but it wasn’t really the worst thing because the car was really good on the first run. We did a step of trim and it was a little bit loose the second run but still pretty good and definitely fast. To go to the next step, we had to make some changes back in the garage anyway so we went back and in that point in time the track had slowed down and we just decided to sit for a while. We ended up coming to the conclusion that the car was pretty good and there was no reason to go out there and get lost or angry or confused because the speed was not in the track anymore. We just decided to, as they say, put a cover on it, make a couple tweaks and put a cover on it and go out tomorrow.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FFOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “It was a typical Fast Friday. We worked on the qualifying car, didn’t run a whole lot. We had five sets of Firestone tires so that means we only had 20 laps all day. We did five qualifying simulations. We’re getting ready for tomorrow, and we’ve got the information that we’ve got. We have to hope that it will be enough.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “Today was a good day. Fast Fridays have a way of being odd so we just had to be smart. The team has done a really good job of getting us to this point. All three of us have good cars that we are happy with. The speeds are a little all over the place today, but I feel like all the ECR cars have a chance to be in the shootout come Sunday. The focus is getting it right for tomorrow and make all the right decisions so we have a chance at it on Sunday.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “We didn’t do much running today, but what we did was really productive. We seem to have pretty good pace on the no-tow list, which was the focus. I’m looking forward to qualifying weekend and hopefully we can put our Preferred Freezer Services car up towards the front!”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “Today was a great day. Team Penske is showing a lot of speed with Chevrolet; what a great job these guys have done. Our engineers really put everything together, but tomorrow is another day. We’ll see where we end up. It’s going to be a tight Fast Nine. I hope all four of us get in it. So far, we’ve got good cars.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 FIASP CARLIN CHEVROLET: “Today was about being smart and methodical as we trimmed the car out to qualifying spec with the higher boost level for Fast Friday. The Carlin boys have done an incredible job preparing for this week and really the whole month. They haven’t put a foot wrong with the car and we’ve been able to make progress all week each and every time we go on-track. I have a lot of confidence about where we are heading into this qualifying weekend. I’m excited for what tomorrow and Sunday are going to bring for the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 24 WIX FILTERS DRR CHEVROLET: “Today we did six qualifying simulations. We tried to make it as real as possible. Obviously, sometimes you get caught out by some other cars. But we did six pretty clean runs. Learned a lot. This new car is just different. Some of this stuff is so different from last year. It’s been a learning experience for myself, JR, and the team. The last few qualifying sims have been improvements. Car feels really solid. The car felt pretty good. Qualifying will be very interesting and exciting. We got to attack as it’s going to be very close.”

KYLE KAISER, NO. 32 NFP/JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET: “Overall, we had another really solid day. We are making progress and slowly inching toward where we need to be for qualifying. We definitely had a speed bump in the middle of the day. I think we lulled ourselves into an area we shouldn’t have been, but we rebounded. We went out towards the end of the day and found a pretty solid setup that I feel really comfortable with. I think it will be good enough to get us into the field for the race. I am very happy with the team. They have been working hard to get the car ready and I am ready to go for tomorrow.”

JAMES DAVISON, NO. 33 JONATHAN BYRD’S 502 EAST FOYT WITH BYRD/HOLLINGER/BELARDI CHEVROLET: “I don’t know what happened. We had to try some things. We were 32nd quickest, right on the bubble, and we’re not going to go faster just standing there and looking at it. No regrets there. We’re having a fantastic time with this A.J. Foyt, Byrd, Hollinger, Belardi team. We’ll regroup, see what we can pull out of the bag tomorrow and give it everything again.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET: It was an unusual day today for Fast Friday. We had predicted that the weather would make it a short day, so we got a lot of our running done earlier in the day. We didn’t run the last few hours of Fast Friday actually. We feel comfortable with the car balance, but we don’t know where we are performance-wise because the time of day when people ran made a big difference. I’m feeling confident about where we are and we didn’t want to take any silly risks today with big changes, because we want to make sure the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet is in the show tomorrow.”

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 66 SALESFORCE DRR CHEVROLET: “I feel like we definitely made some progress today. For sure, the way we ended yesterday didn’t help. Guys had to do a fair amount of extra work to get things prepped and we ended up going out this morning. We ended just a little bit behind but that’s on me and I feel like we ended up getting to where we wanted to try and get to by the end of today. Great work by the team. Great work by the engineers. The car feels pretty good out there. I feel like we are in a pretty good position and we will see what comes our way”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS: Team Chevy Recap – Day 3 Practice for Indianapolis 500

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DAY 3 PRACTICE RECAP
MAY 17, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2018) – Chevrolet teams and drivers prepared for “Fast Friday” with a full day of working through test programs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

All 16 Chevy Racing drivers logged laps during the seven hours of available track time that was briefly interrupted with 20 minutes left when the No. 66 Salesforce DRR Chevrolet driven by JR Hildebrand make light right-side contact with the SAFER Barrier between Turns 3 and 4. He was checked at the infield medical center and cleared to drive.

Thirty-five drivers recorded 2,771 laps.

Chevrolet drivers occupied three of the top five no tow lap times — indicative of the trailing race car not being pulled by the vacuum of the lead car – topped by Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet at 40.1837 seconds/223.971 mph.

Tony Kanaan, who had the best no tow lap of the 35 competitors the previous day in the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Chevrolet, was second overall on the time chart at 39.8414 seconds/225.896 mph.

Speeds will climb May 18 as the boost level is increased TO 1.4 bar on the twin turbocharger of the Chevrolet 2.2-liter V6 direct-injected engine in preparation for qualifications May 19-20 that will set the 33-car starting field. The change in pressure adds about 40 horsepower to the engine.

ABC will telecast qualifications live at 4 p.m. ET May 19 and May 20. The 200-lap race will be telecast live on ABC at noon ET May 27.

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DAY 3 PRACTICE TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES
MAY 17, 2018

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “Interesting day with a lot going on. We did qualifying work. We did race work. Hopefully we can get some time out tomorrow, but it looks like the weather forecast is not so good so we tried to get most of our qualifying work done today. We’ll see what the weekend holds, but we still need a little work in race conditions. That’s what we were chasing at the end of the day. I think Team Chevy has done a great job. The car seemed quick. We just need to get a little more out of it in race trim.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 PENNZOIL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

MATHUES LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “I felt like today was pretty good. We established a pretty solid base line on track today. I’m pretty happy with the car balance. I think that we have a great set up for the race and qualifying this weekend. I’m looking forward to the rest of the month. I believe that we have great potential at this track. Can’t wait to see how Fast Friday goes tomorrow.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “We learned a lot today. We did a lot of qualifying work today because it might rain tomorrow, so I feel like we are in a good place for that. Still working on the race set-up. It’s been a busy day, busy week.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 13 GODADDY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “Today definitely didn’t go as well as we’d hoped for the GoDaddy team. The changes we made seemed to help a little bit in traffic, but it just felt worse alone and I had a lot more understeer. We’ll regroup tonight and come back tomorrow focused on trying to find more speed before qualifying.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FFOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “It’s been a good week for us. We unloaded pretty quick since the test. Now it’s more about trying to figure out what you’re going to need in 10 days, and it’s quite hard to know what the weather is going to do, so we’re trying to run in any type of weather. We’re recording everything on the books and have all that information for next week, so by Carb Day you can try to predict what can happen on Sunday and what the set-up you need. Tomorrow it’s ‘Fast Friday’ and you worry about four laps the first day (of qualifications) and four laps the next day. From tomorrow on, you’ll be making the car as fast as you can for qualifying.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “It was a busy day, but we got a lot done. In some ways, we got better, in other ways, we didn’t – it was a tough day! Track temperatures were probably the highest they’ve been all month and it was a little windier again, so that gave us more to work on. The car has good speed in it, it’s just a matter of getting it right for whatever the conditions are at that point in time. It’s funny, we were fourth on the board tonight and yesterday we were eighth, but I would say yesterday was a better day overall. It just goes to show it’s hard to make much of the timing and scoring on days like this. The day was productive, nonetheless. We tested a lot of things and we need to really dig through everything we’ve done and get reorganized for tomorrow.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “Track conditions were a lot more difficult today. We still got in some good work to get ready for tomorrow and also for qualifying. We still have to find some improvements for running in traffic. Overall, I feel like we’re in a good place and we’re moving forward every day. I’m just happy to be out at the Speedway and I’m really enjoying it. Every day, we are making gains!”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 FIASP CARLIN CHEVROLET: “It was a good day for the team. We were laser-focused today on qualifying setup and making sure that we were prepared for Saturday and Sunday in case the weather throws off practice tomorrow. We focused a little on race setup yesterday, but we’ve made single car pace our priority for the majority of the week. Hopefully the weather is okay tomorrow and we can see what we really have for qualifying in terms of pace for the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 24 WIX FILTERS DRR CHEVROLET: “P5 today which is good. A lot of guys were out there running qualifying sims and we didn’t do that today. We really focused on the race car setup again. We struggled a little at first but we made great changes at lunch time. We came back out and the car felt much better. We were able to mix it up with a lot of people out there. Tomorrow is Fast Friday so we’ll get the extra boost. We’ll do our qualifying sims tomorrow. Need to get a good night’s sleep tonight as the next few days are stressful, but I’m looking forward to it. Overall, things are looking good for the Wix Filters team so far.”

KYLE KAISER, NO. 32 NFP/JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET: “So it was another productive day. We made some big strides for our qualifying car which I am very excited about. We still have some work to do when it comes to running in traffic, but we got to try a lot of different things and we found out some that didn’t work. We are going to try some more things, hopefully next week. Tomorrow hopefully the weather holds off and we can work some more on our qualifying car to qualify for the biggest race in the world. So, I am very excited with the progress we made today and I am looking forward to expanding on that the next couple of days.”

JAMES DAVISON, NO. 33 JONATHAN BYRD’S 502 EAST FOYT WITH BYRD/HOLLINGER/BELARDI CHEVROLET: “It was a much improved day for the No. 33 team. We got in the mix in traffic, and found a reasonable balance that made us racy; something that we didn’t have yesterday. We trimmed the car for the first time at the end of the day and managed to run over 220 MPH by ourselves. That was a great sign for us, we believe that we have a decent chunk left. We are going to study all the information tonight, and come out of the box either tomorrow weather permitted; or Saturday.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET: “We were really just focused today on getting the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet in setup mode for qualifying. Obviously for a new team it’s important for us to qualify and then we’ll shift all our focus onto race running. We’re getting quicker and quicker every day and I think our times today were pretty promising.”

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 66 SALESFORCE DRR CHEVROLET: “We were making some good progress with the car today. We are chasing the same things with car as everyone else. And we looked like we were getting there with the race setup. We were looking forward to making a long run at the end of the day in traffic. We weren’t that deep into the run and we had something happen in turn three with the car. We are still analyzing what might have happen. The car felt out of the ordinary. I didn’t feel like I was losing the car at all. I thought for sure I could save the car, which why I’m a little confused on what happened. I did have enough warning to keep it under control. It felt like I had a wacky wheel of a shopping cart because the car kept wobbling a bit. But I’m fine and ready to go tomorrow. I feel badly for the crew guys getting the car repaired now. I’m looking forward to Friday’s runs.”

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING GROUP CHEVROLET: “Really productive and great day for the Harding Racing guys today. We’ve been steadily making improvements on the car and have been progressing nicely being in the top-ten the first three days of Indy 500 practice. Tomorrow is a fast Friday, so I’m really looking forward to see what the #88 Harding Racing Chevy can do on track with the boost. Hopefully the rain holds off!”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS: Team Chevy Recap – Day 2 Practice for Indianapolis 500

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DAY 2 PRACTICE RECAP
MAY 16, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (May 16, 2018) – Relative to true speed, Tony Kanaan in the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet stood out during the second day of practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Negotiating the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval without aid of a tow is a key component in determining the car’s balance and generating horsepower as Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) teams and drivers work through their on-track test programs for the May 27 race.

Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner in a Chevrolet, recorded the best lap without the benefit of a tow of 35 drivers who combined to log 3,349 laps with a time of 40.3501 seconds/223.048 mph. Overall, he posted the sixth-best lap time of 39.8688 seconds/225.740 mph.

Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, registered the second-best no tow lap of 40.4033 seconds/222.754 mph. He was eighth overall on the time chart at 39.9709/225.164.

All 16 Team Chevy competitors turned laps behind the wheel of the Dallara chassis powered by the 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged direct-injected V6 Chevrolet engine, led by Charlie Kimball at 39.8430 seconds/225.887 mph in the No. 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet.

Danica Patrick, who will seek to qualify for her eighth Indy 500 to close out her motorsports career, completed 85 laps with a best of 40.0766 seconds/224.570 mph in the No. 13 GoDaddy Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.

Practice continues from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET May 17. ABC will telecast qualifications live at 4 p.m. ET May 19 and May 20. The 200-lap race will be telecast live on ABC at noon ET May 27.

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DAY 2 PRACTICE TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES
MAY 16, 2018

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “It was a good, productive day with the team. We all worked together really well. I think all of us put in a lot of work on many different tires, which is good because it looks like we’re going to have rain on Friday. We’re still trying to make out race cars a little better. We still need a little bit of work but I think we’re close, and the Verizon guys are working hard. I’m happy about that.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 PENNZOIL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “We continue to develop a strategy to run in traffic with our Pennzoil Chevy. Obviously still trying to understand the new car working together with our other teammates. That is what happens – one day might be a good day and then comes a challenging day. Today was one of those challenging days.”

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “We learned a lot today as a team and we got through quite a few items on our to-do list. We did our first bit of qualifying trimming to the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet and we worked on race preparation as well. I’d say we still aren’t where we want to be in terms of a qualifying or race setup, but we are getting closer and we were able to achieve exactly what we set out to do today at practice.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “We have our car in a good window. It’s definitely tough to get exactly right. We think about it again tonight and see what we can find tomorrow.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 13 GODADDY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “It was another productive day for the GoDaddy team. I think the main area that was improved was just my comfort level in traffic. I ran in traffic virtually all day. I feel like that’s going to pay off in the long run. We still have to make the car better, but me getting more comfortable is also going to help that process. So, all in all, it was another good, productive day.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “Today was a productive day. We took today to learn different things about how the car is working, tried a few different things. It’s just another day at the Speedway, really just going through the motions. We trying to put together what I call “our cookbook.” Throughout the month, you put together a cookbook. Then, on race day, you go through your cookbook, and see what recipe suits you the most. We will continue to move forward from here. All in all, today was a good day.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “I’m starting to like what I’m feeling in the Fuzzy’s Vodka car! We’ve had two good days, we haven’t gotten it perfect – not everything that I want – but everyone is working really hard right now to try and get that feel out of the race car. For me, I feel like we’ve had two productive days, we’re inching our way closer to the feeling I want to get out of the car. I’m happy with where we’re at, feeling good with the speed we have in the car; I’m just looking for that last little bit to make me feel good. I would like to feel pretty content by tomorrow night as to where we’re headed with an actual race car into Memorial Day weekend. If we could have another day tomorrow like we had today, I think we’ll be pretty close!”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “We made a lot of changes today. Some of them helped, some of them not so much. Our main focus is just trying to build a better race car; we know what we need from the car, we just have to try and pick the right changes to get it. Once we are able to do that, we should be pretty good!”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: It was an interesting day; we’re learning a ton. This new car is quite a bit of a different animal than what we’ve been used to. There’s still a lot to learn to get the car where we want it to be for the race, but we’re getting there.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 FIASP CARLIN CHEVROLET: “Another solid day for the team and the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet. This place is just such a challenge because you don’t always know where you are, relative to others speed-wise. Most of the big numbers come from big tows, but at the same time, we were pretty happy with our pace and speed out on our own. Going into the next couple of days I think we have a solid plan of what we need to work on and on Friday we’ll have an eye toward Saturday with the high booster level and qualifying spec. Tomorrow afternoon we’ll work on that. This afternoon, we did some race stuff. We have some ground to cover and could make some progress there, but I know that we’ve learned a lot. We’ll apply it tomorrow morning and start looking at the weekend’s setup in the afternoon.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 24 WIX FILTERS DRR CHEVROLET: “We were just going off of what we had yesterday and trying to improve it. We made some improvements throughout the day, but we still need to come a ways a bit. Still seems like everyone is struggling a little still running in traffic. That’s what we did mostly today. We didn’t do any qualifying stuff today. We focused on our race car and we still have some improvements there to do overnight and see what we can do. It’s not as comfortable as I want for a race car yet, but we’re making progress and going in the right direction. It’s still early in the month and we’re doing well with two solid days. Same game plan tomorrow as well. I think our qualifying speed when we run alone is good. Just going to focus on the race car for now.”

KYLE KAISER, NO. 32 NFP/JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET: “It was a pretty solid day. We got a lot of work in and got to make a lot of changes to the car. We worked in traffic and on qualifying set ups, so overall it was a productive day. I am looking forward to continuing the progress we made today for tomorrow. We will probably have a similar program and we will just keep nipping away at it. I know there is still some ground to be made up, but I am really happy with how the team is working and the progress we have made up to this point.”

JAMES DAVISON, NO. 33 JONATHAN BYRD’S 502 EAST FOYT WITH BYRD/HOLLINGER/BELARDI CHEVROLET: “Today was a challenging day for the team. We really set out to try and achieve balance in traffic, as hard as we tried we just weren’t able to. We threw probably ten to fifteen things at the car and never got to where we wanted to be. Tonight is going to be a big debrief and regroup to get on top of it. Hopefully we will come out of the gates strong tomorrow.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET: “We learned a lot today as a team and we got through quite a few items on our to-do list. We did our first bit of qualifying trimming to the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet and we worked on race preparation as well. I’d say we still aren’t where we want to be in terms of a qualifying or race setup, but we are getting closer and we were able to achieve exactly what we set out to do today at practice.”

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 66 SALESFORCE DRR CHEVROLET: “It’s tough. We are still coming to grips with the car, just as everyone else is. Seems like everyone is fighting the same problems, so it will be a race to see who can make the right set of changes the quickest. To address what I think is a common handling problem, I think here at Dreyer & Reinbold, our cars are fast and I look forward to doing some qualifying prep tomorrow. I think we will be able to show how great of a job these guys have done in the off-season. I know for me I wouldn’t hate to have another day for prep and to continue to make the car better.”

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING GROUP CHEVROLET: “Day two of practice was great because we worked through a lot of things and got a lot of track time. The car was pretty good and progressed a lot and we learned a lot throughout the day. We’re still working through our program and we found a few really positive things that can help us come race day. Now we work on expanding upon that and look forward to day three of practice.”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS: Simon Pagenaud Sets Pace on Indy 500 Practice Day One

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DAY 1 PRACTICE RECAP
MAY 15, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2018) – With a baseline set, Chevrolet Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) teams and drivers can look forward to reaching loftier goals at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Developing a familiarity with the new universal aerodynamic bodywork in traffic and long stints on the 2.5-mile oval was Team Chevy’s objective on the first day of practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Fifteen Team Chevy competitors logged laps behind the wheel of the Dallara chassis powered by the 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged direct-injected V6 Chevrolet engine. Overall, 35 entries completed 2,066 laps without incident.

Simon Pagenaud, driving the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, recorded the fastest lap at 225.787 mph/39.8605 seconds as segments for rookie orientation, veteran refresher, and all entries were built into the initial seven hours of available track time.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves was second on the time sheet with a best lap of 224.665 mph/40.0597 seconds in the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet. Team owner/driver and two-time Indy 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, was third fast at 224.523 mph/40.0850.

Danica Patrick, driving the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing, turned 91 laps with a best of 222.728 mph in her return to the Verizon IndyCar Series for the final race of her career.

Team Chevy also had the top five drivers with no tow laps, led by Carpenter at 221.512 mph.

Practice continues from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET May 16. ABC will telecast qualifications live at 4 p.m. ET May 19 and May 20. The 200-lap race will be telecast live on ABC at noon ET May 27.

DRIVER QUOTES:

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

“It is fun to be back out here. It was a busy day.  Had a couple of weather issues, but we got a lot of laps.  I think it was a good start for us in the Verizon Chevrolet. All of us did our own thing today which is a good thing.  It means we can all come together tonight and pick apart everybody’s problems and hear everyone’s proposed solutions.  The more we can put our minds together, the more we can fine-tune it, but the better we will be at the end of the week.  Good start to build on.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 PENNZOIL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “We started right away with a good pace.  Good job everyone. Running issue free. We still have a long way to go, but it was a very base test with the new car actually with traffic and everything.  Looking forward to another day tomorrow.so we continue to work and pursue that right result.”

MATHUES LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET:

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WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: T:

“We went through a lot of big stuff, zeroing in on what we need. We’ll make some changes overnight and continue down the path to try to make it good in traffic.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 13 GODADDY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET:

“I’m glad the test ended up getting moved to two weeks ago instead of six weeks ago just to be a little bit more fresh from that. I felt pretty good. I’m still not completely confident in traffic. They’re trying to encourage me to use my tools and the bars, you know, the weight jacker and things.  I need to feel the traffic first; before we create another variable as to what’s going on, I need to familiarize myself and get sharp again with the traffic and just the tendencies of the car. I felt like it was a really solid day. We tried a handful of things and found some stuff that worked. I feel like the car has a lot of good natural speed in it. It was very smooth.” 

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FFOYT RACING CHEVROLET:

“Today was a slow day for us. We have a brand new car that we’ve been ‘massaging’ this entire season just to bring it out here. First days are always slow like this. We did a couple runs then you go back to the paddock and examine the car. Then, the rain came and we decided to end our day. The boys [on the #14 car] have been working very hard so we decided to give them a few hours off so that they can rest and we can begin fresh tomorrow. All in all, it was a good day for us. I’m happy with car. The balance of the car is pretty good. We will see what happens tomorrow.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: 

“It was kind of a weird day – I almost feel like this is Day Two for some reason! I was pretty happy starting off. As we always do around here, we made changes to try and get better. We probably got a little worse, then we finally got onto some things at the end of the day. That’s why we have to keep working out here and try to get the feel for what we want. All in all, it was a good first day. I need to go talk to my teammates and compare what we all got in to over the course of the day. For Day One, it’s a good start, but I feel like there’s a lot more in the car, too!”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICE ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET:

It was a pretty good day. We made a lot of changes and got a lot of reads on different things we wanted to test. We got a fair amount of running in traffic, behind a couple cars, then behind a dozen cars so lots of information for me to think about as well as the team. Overall, it’s a pretty solid start and hopefully we can get a lot more done tomorrow.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

“The 22 Menards car is looking really, really fast. It was a very productive day. So, yeah, felt pretty happy. We obviously still learning a lot about the aerodynamics of the car. It’s quite different to what we had the past few years. There’s still a lot to learn for everybody, I believe. But we’re on the right track.

“I tell you what, feel pretty confident already, which is a big step forward. It’s definitely important to be already ahead of the game if we have some weather this week. I think that could be very important.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 FIASP CARLIN CHEVROLET:

“It was a solid first day, despite dodging some weather and a couple of things here and there. We made some really good with the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet and I have a lot of confidence going into the rest of the week. We still have a long laundry list of test items to work through, but we seem to be addressing the big concerns. Now we’ll start focusing on the smaller things and start trying to find some lap time.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 24 WIX FILTERS DRR CHEVROLET:

“Car wasn’t too bad. It has a really good balance when I ran by myself. So we started with that and then tried to trim out and gain more speed by myself. Once I felt comfortable there, I ran with traffic. This was the first time I ran in traffic with the new car and it’s interesting. It looks like everyone is dealing with the same issue, which is the lack of front grip. These new cars, when you don’t have clean air, you lose a lot of front grip. That’s the battle for everyone right now is to find front grip. Overall, first day back and P6. We’re in the ballpark. Speeds or times don’t mean anything yet, but it’s good to see us high on the pylon is a good feeling. But, it’s early so hopefully we keep it up and we’ll see what happens.”

KYLE KAISER, NO. 32 NFP/JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET:

“So it wasn’t the perfect first day, but I am glad we got to go out and run some laps and get a feel for the car. The car felt fairly different from what we ran a couple of weeks ago because the conditions have changed, so it’s going to take a little bit of work to get the car back to where we like it. Overall we got to log some laps and collect some data. I know this is going to be important in qualifying for the race and then running the race. Overall I am happy, but there’s some work to be done. I am very happy the team got the NFP car together and there were no issues on track. I am looking forward to getting back out on track the rest of the week and getting ready for qualifying.”

JAMES DAVISON, NO. 33 JONATHAN BYRD’S 502 EAST FOYT WITH BYRD/HOLLINGER/BELARDI CHEVROLET:

“I think the 33 AJ Foyt/Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi team has a lot to be pleased with. For the majority or all of the one-off Indy entries, it’s been a mad scramble to get everyone’s cars together. Then of course you have a whole new crew that have got to gel together and build chemistry. These first days provide opportunities for gremlins to pop up, with the build of your car and so on and we had none of that. I’m very pleased with that, and any performance that we were able to show was just going to be a bonus. We ended up getting a good speed there, improved the car constantly through the day. I was holding on to do a 217 if I was lucky to begin with, when I first got in the car. Then I was much more comfortable with it and went a few miles per hour quicker straight away. Very proud of the team and looking forward to building on it again tomorrow, leading up to qualifying.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET:

“I’d say it was a productive first day of Indy 500 testing for the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet and really the whole Carlin team. We worked through a lot of things today that we wanted to check off our list and we ended the day in a good spot heading into tomorrow. Charlie had some quick times throughout the day, so we’ll sit down now and work through what worked and what didn’t and get ready to get back on track tomorrowmorning.”

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 66 SALESFORCE DRR CHEVROLET:

“I felt good today with the car. We got up to speed quickly. Lot of familiar faces for me here at Dreyer & Reinbold. I made my IndyCar debut with DRR back in 2010. We have a lot of the same guys I have worked with the last few years too at ECR. I felt good with how rolled out of the gates and it went from there.”

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING GROUP CHEVROLET: 
“Just finished up the first day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for opening day of the Indy 500 practice. We had a good time and we ended up eighth overall. It was a pretty decent session for us, just going through our checklist and working on a few things. It’s only our first day, so we can’t read too much into it but we’ve had a good start and shows good potential. I’m happy to continue our progression and looking forward to what tomorrow will bring!”

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CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES INDYCAR GRAND PRIX ROAD COURSE – INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE QUOTES MAY 12, 2018 DRIVER QUOTES:   WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, RACE WINNER: BEFORE THIS RACE STARTED, YOU SAID YOU REALLY NEEDED TO HAVE A GREAT RACE. YOU HAD TO MANAGE…

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    • Rick Mears – still the ultimate pro at 65
      Over the past 20-something years writing about racing, I’ve encountered three people from whom I learn something about the art of racecar driving every time we speak for longer than five minutes. One of that trio is Rick Ravon Mears, born this day 65 years ago in Wichita, Kansas, and brought up in Bakersfield, Calif. […]
    • Memoir helps widow cope after IndyCar driver's death
      Tonya Bergeson-Dana talks with her son, Conor, about his father when he brings it up, which is often. If he’s asking the questions, she reasons, he’s ready to hear the answers. Paul Conor Dana, at age 9, knows that his father was Paul Dana, a journalist and IndyCar driver who died in March 2006 during […]