Max Chilton: “I’m happy with the job we all did”

Max Chilton believed it was a good decision to run with two sets of the faster red Firestone tyres during the opening phase of qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park as it enabled him to move into the second phase.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was unable to better eleventh in that second session after using his allowed allocation of red tyres during the first session, but the former Formula 1 driver felt a big improvement had been made to his car between practice and qualifying, and he praised his team for their efforts.

Chilton is now looking forward to seeing how the car performs on race day, and is looking to make gains up the order as he competes in just his fourth Verizon IndyCar Series race.

“The start was good and we did back-to-back sets of red Firestone alternate tires and I think it paid off for us,” said Chilton. “But with that, in the second session we didn’t have any tires left, but I’m happy with the job we all did and getting to Round 2.

“I think finishing where we did after where we started was a big win so far this weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can move up tomorrow in the race.”