Dixon Fights Back To Score A Top Ten Finish At The Honda Indy Toronto
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda saw his points lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings cut to three following a tough race at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday.
The Iceman started who started the race from fifth place on the grid was hit from behind by Team Penske’s Will Power as the pair battled for position going into Turn 1 on the opening lap.
Dixon pitted at the end of the opening lap to receive repairs however the repair work was carried out in the pit-lane and as a result he was handed a drive through penalty.
Dixon went half a lap down while he pitted for repairs and was able to fight back to finish the race in tenth place just behind Graham Rahal and just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Sebastian Saavedra.
Speaking following the race, Dixon commented by saying:
It was a rough day in the NTT Data car. I had a good start in Turn 1, and it looked like (Graham) Rahal decided to shift lanes and I had to avoid him. Then (Will) Power and I got together and ended up cutting down our tire and doing some damage to the suspension on the car. Then we had to fix the car and INDYCAR gave us a drive-through penalty, which was kind of odd. And then that kind of hosed our best efforts for the day and we ended up 10th.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda had a strong race as the Englishman who started the race from ninth finished the event in seventh place and following the race he commented by saying:
I’m happy with the result on the No. 8 Gallagher car today here in Toronto. It was a bit of a wild race and it seemed to fly by, but on the whole I’m happy with the result. The Gallagher crew did some very fast and clean stops. We stayed out of trouble and we maintained our position in the championship. I think we even managed to pull away from the people behind us in the standings.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda locked up following a pit-stop hitting the tire wall at Turn 1 meaning he was forced to make an unscheduled pit-stop and finished the race in 19th place having started from 14th.
Speaking following the race Kanaan commented by saying:
It’s just such a letdown to finish where we did today. The No. 10 NTT Data Honda was so quick. I came off of pit lane pushing hard on cold tires into Turn 1 after our first stop and just didn’t make the turn. I don’t think the bumpiness of the track in that area helped either. After the front wing change, we just couldn’t ever get those two laps we lost back. I’m really frustrated for the No. 10 car, because we have so much potential most races and we just can’t catch a break.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 NovoNordisk Honda started the race from 17th place and finished the race in 12th place and ran well throughout the event. Speaking following the race, Kimball commented by saying:
Obviously not what we expected or wanted for the No. 83 car here in Toronto. I felt like we were behind the 8-ball all weekend. We were making positive changes to the car, but we weren’t seeing the improvements on track during practice or qualifying. The race just didn’t play out for our strategy and we didn’t catch the yellow we needed. Regardless, it was nice to have the Novo Nordisk Honda up front for a few laps. We’ll just refocus and head to Mid-Ohio where the No. 83 car has some good memories.