Max Chilton: “It’s tough being the first car out there”

Max Chilton was happy with his qualifying run and revealed he gave his Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates some advice due to the changed track conditions following his run to eighth at the Phoenix International Raceway on Friday afternoon.

The former Formula 1 racer was surprised at just how much the conditions around the one-mile oval changed between practice and qualifying, and felt the feedback he provided to his team benefited those who qualified later during the session, in particular Tony Kanaan who qualified on the front row of the grid, with Chilton the first driver out of the 20 cars who took part in the session.

“I had a pretty good run and immediately gave Kanaan some feedback when I got out of the car and he came up,” said Chilton, who will be racing in his first Verizon IndyCar Series oval event this weekend.

“It was amazing how much the track can change in such a short period of time. It’s tough being the first car out there without any feedback but I think the Gallagher team will be ready to go for tomorrow night.”