LEEDS, Ala – Carlin’s goal each week of the Verizon IndyCar Series season is to just improve by the race. Out of the 10 full-time organizations in the series in 2018, they’re the only ones without any prior INDYCAR experience. So, they have a lot to learn in a short amount of time. Factor in a completely new car for this year too and you can see why improvement is the key to this organization.
That’s why Charlie Kimball’s top 10 finish in last Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was so big. Three races in and the team already has a top 10. Now, they’re carrying that momentum with them through the first two practice sessions on Friday at the Barber Motorsports Park.
Max Chilton was fourth overall in session No. 1 with a time of 1:08.288-seconds in his No. 59 Chevrolet. In session No. 2, he was 11th. He says that the strength isn’t a shocker though, as Barber is one of his favorite tracks that the series visits each year.
See, Barber is a long, smooth track, that races like those over in Europe where Chilton grew up racing on. He finished 12th last year and started 11th and ninth respectively in his two tries.
So, to be quick out of the gates this weekend, despite a new team, isn’t at all surprising. Plus, Kimball was pretty strong too. He was 12th in the first session, the quickest either have been in any practice session to this point in the season.
The duo had their best qualifying efforts of the season this weekend too. Both will share Row 7 on Sunday, with Chilton starting 13th and Kimball 14th.
It’s a great start to the weekend for Carlin that’s for sure.