Dixon Extends Points Lead With A Sixth Place Finish In Detroit
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No. 9 Camping World Honda extended his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings to eight points over Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.
The Iceman went into Sunday’s race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear having finished race on the podium in second place.
In race 2, Dixon finished the race in sixth place having qualified in eighth place and speaking following the race, he commented by saying:
“The problem on the pit stop really hurt us today. I think there was a problem with the fuel probe and normally we’re really good in that area. That issue just cost us some crucial time and we tried to play catch up after that. I think (Josef) Newgarden finished second and we were ahead of him before that. It was unfortunate how it played out, but all-in-all a decent points today considering.”
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda started the second race from 12th place and following a close battle with James Hinchcliffe in the early stages of the race he finished in eighth place.
Speaking following the race, Kimball commented by saying:
“The timing stand made the right call with the two-stop strategy. It meant I had to save quite a bit of fuel at times, but we were still able to run a pretty good pace and get a pretty good fuel mileage number. Overall I’m happy with the day. We didn’t have any good luck or any help, but we didn’t have any bad luck either. The way this year has gone, we’ll definitely take that. We’ll take a top 10 and pick up a little momentum heading to Texas looking for a podium, if not a win next weekend.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Honda made it three Ganassi cars in the top ten as the Brazilian who started the race in 15th came home in 10th place.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Another tough day for NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing – really just a tough weekend overall here in Detroit. We struggled both days in qualifying and just couldn’t ever get back up to the front in either race. We had an issue in the pits today that cost us a few spots with a drive-through penalty, but after a 15-place finish yesterday, we’ll take a top 10. It’s still nowhere close to where we need to be, but I’m always happy when we head into a race at a place like Texas where I know how strong we can be.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda started race 2 from 16th place and finished the event in 15th. Speaking following the race, Chilton commented by saying:
We just didn’t have the speed today and we were really struggling most of the day with balance. We were quicker than most of the cars in front, but we just couldn’t get past them. I feel like I did the best that I could. It’s time to move onto Texas and keep working hard for the results I know the Gallagher team is capable of.
What’s NEXT for Chip Ganassi Racing? They head to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Rainguard Water Seelers 600.