Carlos Munoz: “I didn’t expect that speed”

Carlos Munoz - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Carlos Munoz revealed that he was not expecting to be so fast during his qualifying run at the Texas Motor Speedway as he qualified on pole position for Saturday night’s Firestone 600.

The Andretti Autosport driver was the only one to break into the 217mph bracket during the session, with his two-lap average of 217.137mph enough to deny Scott Dixon the pole.

“To be honest I didn’t expect that speed,” revealed Munoz. “I thought we would do something around 216 mph, but I was happy with the speed we were doing.

“It’s my first (IndyCar career) pole – I was looking at the (Verizon P1) hat and it looks really nice! I’m really happy for all of my team after Indy and for everything, I have to thank everyone.

“It’s a long race tomorrow and now we have to focus on that with practice tonight.”

The Colombian’s pole ensured it was only the second time during 2016 that Team Penske was not at the front at the start, with James Hinchcliffe the only other driver to break the run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month.  It was also Andretti Autosport’s first pole position since Ryan Hunter-Reay took top spot at Long Beach back in 2014.