A Front Row Start For Dixon At St Petersburg

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Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 GE LED Lighting Honda continued his strong weekend at the Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg as the New Zealander who was fastest in the morning practice session will start the race from second place and speaking following the session, Dixon commented by saying:

That was just on me unfortunately. We have a super fast car and should have been on pole. I just messed up a little on my fastest lap there. I’m obviously disappointed, but the team has four fast cars. We’re working together great with Honda and I can’t wait to start the race tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll have the GE car up front when it counts.

Tony Kanaan who starts his 20th season in the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend will start Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from sixth place and speaking following the session the Brazilian commented by saying:

When I walked in Scott (Dixon) was saying how well he thinks we’re all working together and I completely agree. I think the engineers did a great job over the winter when we switched over to Honda. We spent a lot of time focusing on the areas that we didn’t think were good last year and I just think we came into this season better prepared. It’s great to see that we could put all four cars in the top 10 and we’re all really close. I think the four of us with the Honda aero kit are just working really well together.

Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda will start the race from seventh place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

I was happy with the Gallagher car and felt I really got everything out of myself. I knew coming into qualifying that we had a fast car for sure. We hit traffic and didn’t get through and that was frustrating obviously. I think we could have been fourth in the second segment and advanced, but that’s the way it goes sometimes, and we can fight with a good car tomorrow which I’m excited about.

Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda made it all four Ganassi cars in the top ten and will start the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from ninth place and speaking following the session, Kimball commented by saying:

I’m disappointed with qualifying ninth. I think coming into the weekend my goal was to qualify in the top 10 and finish in the top five. We’re obviously already hitting that goal with starting ninth, but after the last couple of days I think we’ve been faster than where we’re starting tomorrow. We had a problem with the first set of tires we were going to run in Segment 2 so I didn’t get a run on that. We had a little too much fuel and I didn’t get the lap. I feel badly for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys because the car was better than ninth. These things happen and as Dario says, ‘It’s all in the recovery’ so tomorrow we’ll be smart, have good clean pit stops, and go forward when we can.

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