Max Chilton: “Power came out in the pits in front of me”

Max Chilton - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Max Chilton criticised Will Power after qualifying at Road America after feeling the Team Penske driver baulked him during the second segment of the session.

The British driver had shown good speed throughout the day around the Elkhart Lake circuit, and was looking to follow his Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan through to the Fast Six shoot-out, only to find Power ahead of him on his qualifying run.

Chilton was disappointed that despite looking into the incident, the stewards took no action, meaning he will start from seventh place on the grid for Sunday’s race, in which he will be looking for only his second top ten finish of his rookie Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“Gallagher and the Ganassi team gave me a great car for this weekend here at Road America,” revealed Chilton. “I was on my hot lap in the second segment of qualifying and Power came out in the pits in front of me.

“I followed him out through Turns 5-6-7 and then into the Carousel turn. I was four car lengths back and just had to keep lifting and lifting. The stewards reviewed it and didn’t take any action which I just find maddening.”