Kanaan Comes Home Fifth As Dixon Moves Up To Second In The Standings
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda had an extremely strong run in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.
The Brazilian, who confirmed before the race that he is a free agent at the end of the season ran up front all day in the race leading the pack before being shuffled back to finish in fifth place.
Speaking following the race, Kanaan commented by saying:
We needed a little bit there at the end that we just didn’t have. Regardless, we fought pretty hard all day long and it was a really exciting race. That battle with Graham (Rahal) was the highlight of my race – exchanging positions back and forth for the lead. We found out after the race that we had a broken front wing that we didn’t know about. We don’t know how it happened or when it happened. We were so strong at the beginning of the race and I couldn’t understand why we were falling back, but now we know why. Regardless, it was a great battle. I’m pretty sure my kids at home got a kick out of that. I think this place is becoming my Indianapolis, but I hope it doesn’t take me 12 years to win here like it did there. The No. 10 NTT Data Honda was awesome. Unfortunately, those are the kinds of things that happen. This is INDYCAR, everyone is just so competitive. Sometimes you have a car to win, but you have a little bit of a hiccup and finish fifth.”
Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda started Sunday’s race from ninth place and ran up front during the event leading the race twice.
The Iceman went into Sunday’s race in third place in the series standings eight points behind leader Josef Newgarden and heads to Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend with a 18 point deficit despite jumping up to second in the standings.
Speaking after finishing the race in sixth place, Dixon said:
“We had a great NTT Honda today despite missing the chance to make final adjustments in practice yesterday. We reverted back to an earlier setup and the car was fast early today. We decided to get out front and lead and I was happy with the car in the first half of the race. We made some adjustments after that and settled into the top five. In the last 25 or so laps we were contending, but just couldn’t get back to the front.”
It was a disappointing race for Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda as he was forced to retire on lap 129 with mechanical problems.
Charlie Kimball was left really disappointed. Having started the race from third place in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda, Kimball endured a tough event finishing up in 16th place.
Speaking following the race, Kimball said:
I’m really disappointed. I think the car had more in it than our results show. We had a mistake on that first pit stop, but we recovered well from that, then got caught up in other people’s mess. That’s what happens when you run back there. At the end of the day, though, we didn’t have the car to keep moving forward. We were just kind of hanging out – the balance wasn’t there. It was really disappointing and frustrating, especially having so many friends from Novo Nordisk here today. Qualifying third, running that first stint in fourth, a great restart in the middle of the race… all of it makes this result that much harder to swallow.”