Chip Ganassi Racing Hoping To Build On Strong Start To 2017 At Long Beach
Chip Ganassi Racing head to the Toyota Gran Prix of Long Beach this weekend hoping to build on a strong start to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season where Scott Dixon finished the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on the podium in third place and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Scott Dixon commented by saying:
Long Beach has such an amazing history. It’s a truly iconic American event that started gaining a lot of popularity with Formula 1 back in the day. With the layout of the track, it’s truly one of the best street circuits anywhere around, and more importantly, you actually get to race there. It took me forever to get to victory lane there but we managed to accomplish that a few years ago, and I hope we can return to that form again this year.
Tony Kanaan started the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from sixth place and finished the race in 12th place and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Kanaan commented by saying:
It feels good to be back in the car and on the streets of Long Beach. It was a tease to start the season then get a few weekends off, but we spent a lot of time testing and working in the simulator the past few weeks and we’re feeling good heading into this weekend. We had a rough race in St. Pete dealing with some things we couldn’t control, so we’ve made sure to regroup since then and we’re all ready to get out there in Long Beach. I love the Long Beach circuit – the track and the atmosphere are just amazing.
Max Chilton heads to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach having finished the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in 16th place having started the race from seventh on the grid and speaking ahead of the event in Long Beach he commented by saying:
I think we should be optimistic for Long Beach this weekend with the Gallagher team. I raced (there) in Indy Lights before and got my first taste of it in the Indy car last year, so I’m building on my experience level. We have one street race under our belts in St. Petersburg this year so there were a lot of lessons learned that can be applied here.
Charlie Kimball heads to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach having finished the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in 19th place and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, he commented by saying:
love coming home to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The whole Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is ready for redemption. We were so good all weekend in St. Pete. I have a lot of confidence we’ll carry that form all year long and the next chance to prove that is Long Beach. We’ll be in Honda’s backyard this weekend, so we’ll be working hard to get a good result for them. And of course, it’s always nice to have the support of my friends and family here.