William Byron led the way in the final round of NASCAR Cup Series group qualifying at Indianapolis to earn the pole for the series’ inaugural event on the road course.
Byron’s Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet clocked in at 100.044 mph (1m27.765s) Sunday morning. He was the only driver to break the 100-mph mark.
Earlier this week, Byron spent time in the Chevrolet simulator with NTT IndyCar Series driver Rinus VeeKay and picked up some tips and tricks.
“Honestly, that might have helped my lap because I feel like through Turns 13 and 14 as you get up on the oval and go back to the right, he had an interesting technique there with the brakes,” Byron said after winning the pole. “So, I was quizzing him on it and trying to figure out what I could learn from it. Obviously, they use a lot more brake, they’re able to turn a lot faster than we are, but it was really cool to see how up to speed he was and I thank him for doing that. It was really cool.”