It Obviously Wasn’t The Way We Wanted The Race To Go Today
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda endured a tough race in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course on Sunday. The Iceman started the race from sixth place and went into the event leading the championship by three points from Helio Castroneves.
In the race however, Dixie suffered from a loose car and following a problem pit-stop following a problem with a wheel gun he fell down the order but worked his way back up the field to finish the race in ninth place.
Dixon has now dropped to third place in the championship, eight points behind leader Josef Newgarden. Speaking following the race, Dixon stated:
It obviously wasn’t the way we wanted the race to go today for the NTT Data car. I really wasn’t 100 percent happy after we tested here last week and in qualifying. I don’t think we ever had the balance right where we wanted it. It felt like something broke on the car and we made some major front wing adjustments in the race. We had a problem on the left rear on pit lane and that took some time as well. Overall, just not our weekend. We held in there and fought, but need to regroup and get ready for Pocono in a few weeks. Points are really at a premium now with four to go.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda started the event from 13th place on the grid and that is where he finished the race and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
We just really struggled with the balance all day. The car was on a knife edge, and I wasn’t confident enough in the car to really make the most out of it when we had clear track. We fought traffic a lot, but that’s what happens when you qualify mid-pack. Really a frustrating day. The bright spot was definitely the guys in pit lane. They work so hard day in and day out. I’m glad they’ll be getting a couple of weekends off now moving forward. I hope they can relax and get some time with their families, because when we come back to Pocono we’re going to be hungrier than ever.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda started the race from 18th place and finished in 15th. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I’m actually really happy with the No. 8 car performance and myself. Best fuel saving I’ve ever done. Race went really well apart from the start. We just got in the wrong place at the wrong time. I didn’t know where I was in the race. I thought I was eighth or ninth and then they told me I was 15th. Not a great representative of our performance in the race, but at the end of the day, our car wasn’t quick enough at the moment in qualifying and that’s what hurt us.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda started the race from 17th place and he finished the event in 16th place. Speaking following the race, the Brazilian commented by saying:
I’m really disappointed with our race today. We had a huge challenge in front of us with starting so far back, but we were able to jump a few spots in the first half of the race. We made a call on strategy to come in under yellow to top off on fuel that just didn’t work in our favor in the long run. It’s been a pretty difficult weekend for us, so I’m glad we can move on and start thinking about Pocono.