The Verizon IndyCar Series held the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix today at ISM Raceway.
|Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix Results|
|P1||No. 1 Newgarden, Chevrolet|
|P2||No. 6 Wickens, Honda|
|P3||No. 27 Ross, Honda|
|P17||No. 23 Tresiba® Chevrolet (Kimball)|
|P18||No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet (Chilton)|
Details of the Day
- Kimball improved five positions and Chilton improved three positions by the end of the race from their starting position.
Charlie Kimball, No. 23 Tresiba® Chevrolet: “Tonight’s race was definitely a step in the right direction for us. We made some progress with the set-up and by the end of the race the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet felt the best it had all weekend. We learned a lot and we got a huge amount of information that will help us moving forward.”
Max Chilton, No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet: “It was a tough weekend for the team, but every time we’re on track we’re learning and making progress. That race was just tough. We didn’t qualify well and starting so far back on the grid on a track that’s already difficult to pass on made it even harder to gain any positions. By the end of the race we had quite good pace, we just couldn’t move forward at all. I’m ready to move on from tonight’s race and get to Long Beach to see what we can do there.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series held the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and a warm-up session today on the Streets of St. Petersburg.
|Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Results|
|P1||No. 18 Bourdais, Honda|
|P2||No. 15 Rahal, Honda|
|P3||No. 27 Rossi, Honda|
|P19||No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet (Chilton)|
|P20||No. 23 Tresiba® Chevrolet (Kimball)|
|P1||No. 27 Rossi, Honda – 1:01.618|
|P2||No. 14 Kanaan, Chevrolet – 1:01.665|
|P3||No. 28 Hunter-Reay, Honda – 1:01.773|
|P17||No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet (Chilton) – 1:02.673|
|P22||No. 23 Tresiba® Chevrolet (Kimball) – 1:03.584|
Details of the Day
- Today’s race start marked Charlie Kimball’s 118th career start and Max Chilton’s 34th career start in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and it was Carlin’s first official start as a team in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
- Kimball spun on Lap 3 in Turn 13 to cause the first full course caution of the race.
- Chilton stalled on Lap 107 in Turn 8 to cause the seventh full course caution of the race.
Max Chilton, No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet: “We just finished our first race ever for the Carlin INDYCAR team. The No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet started 20th, but we finished 19th so we moved forward one position. It was a long hard race. I think it was around two hours and 20 minutes and there were probably six or seven yellow sessions, so it was really hard to keep our tires up to temperature which was something we were struggling with all day. When the tires were in, we had good performance, so we made gains throughout the weekend. Considering this was Carlin’s first INDYCAR race, I’d say it wasn’t a bad showing at all. We definitely have work to do and we aren’t where we want to be yet. I think all-around we did a good job and we’ll make sure we’re ready for Phoenix.”
Charlie Kimball, No. 23 Tresiba® Chevrolet: “Honestly it was a disappointing day results-wise. At Carlin, you don’t come to the track to finish 19th and 20th, our goal really is to be fighting for race wins and podiums. We came into this weekend with limited knowledge and experience in the series, but I’d say we probably doubled or even tripled our knowledge on the Indy cars here in St. Pete. I’m looking forward to going back and getting with the engineers, learning, digesting, and figuring out what we need to do in the future. We’ve got a couple of tests before the Phoenix race and we tested there a few weeks back, so I know that we’ll be more competitive at the next race and continue to work our way forward.”