Dixon Scores Another Podium For Chip Ganassi Racing To Close The Gap To Pagenaud At The Top
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon put on another fantastic display at the IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Saturday. Starting the race from fourth place on the grid, Dixon driving the No.9 NTT DATA Honda ended the race on the podium in second place just 5.2s behind winner Will Power.
Dixon heads into the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil just ten points behind series points leader Simon Pagenaud. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was definitely a tough day. We couldn’t really hold onto the rear tires. The Honda just had too much power there. We were spinning the rear tires. Good points there for everybody on the NTT Data car. Great day for Honda. Obviously, not a win but very close. Looking forward to Monday and getting on the big track here.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda started the race from 14th place and came through the field to finish the race in seventh place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was just a really, really good day for myself and the Gallagher team. It was by far the best race I’ve had in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The team did a good job and we made a call to start on primary tires and I knew within five or six laps it would pay off for us. On the second stint it just started playing into our hand, and having no yellows furthered our strategy. Moving forward seven positions in the race was mega, and without any off strategies playing out, we got there on straight speed. This is a great start to May and hope we can do even better in the 500.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda started the race from 12th place and finished the race in 20th and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Today definitely wasn’t our day. We had issues from the first lap when Marco spun us and punctured my tire all the way to later in the race when one of my front tires started going down. Those extra stops just put us back too far and with no yellows there was no way we were going to make up those few laps we were already down. It’s not a great way to start the month, but we’ve all seen what Honda can do here so I’m looking forward to getting back on the oval on Monday.
Charlie Kimball endured a tough race as he was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We had a really good start of the race and we spent the first 10 laps making up spots from P19 to P14. I made a little bit of a mistake that put us back some and then we had a mechanical failure around lap 30 that ended our day. I feel bad for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys because they gave me a car today that could get the job done and they were great in pit lane. We’ll look into it tonight and see exactly what we have going on with the No. 83 Tresiba Honda. It’s a really unfortunate way to end a weekend that I’ve had such solid results in the past, but now we will just need to shift our focus to the Indianapolis 500.