Charlie Kimball: “I’m looking forward to the race”

Charlie Kimball secured his career best Verizon IndyCar Series starting position as the American driver put his Chip Ganassi Racing #83 entry onto the front row of the grid for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy on Friday.

Kimball feels the pace shown during qualifying bodes well for the race after spending a lot of time focusing on race set up during practice, and believes the car should perform strongly during Saturday’s race around the in-course circuit at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We made the race car better and better, and we didn’t focus too much on qualifying,” said Kimball. “So I think we have a good pace for tomorrow.

“Having finished fifth here the last two years, I’m looking forward to the race. It’s neat to be on the front row. Congrats to Simon (Pagenaud) for getting the pole. I think we would have had to have the perfect lap to be able to match his lap time. It looks like it’s pretty close to a track record. That’s pretty impressive.

“But coming through tomorrow with a clear track at IMS is pretty special. It means that there’s just one guy in front of me and 23 behind me, so we’re going to try and keep it that way all day.”