Ultimately Everyone Wants To Qualify

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Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda will start today’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park from pole position after last nights qualifying was a wash-out.

Speaking about qualifying, the Iceman who holds a 29 point lead over Alexander Rossi in the championship commented by saying:

I think, ultimately, everybody wants to qualify,” In many ways, I think INDYCAR made the right decision as far as trying to put a priority on getting some running (in final practice) … that will benefit everybody for race setup and that kind of stuff later on. It was going to be hard, I think, schedule-wise to try to get everything in.

Speaking about the car they would have had in qualifying, Dixon said:

I think our car was pretty good,” he said. “Would we have got the pole? Maybe, maybe not.

The Iceman went on to say:

I think we unloaded fast and that was a good way to start the weekend here at Gateway. The PNC Bank car started strong – that’s what you need to do when you’re in a championship fight and every spot matters. We only got a little time in first practice and tried as best we could to get the balance of the car right. I think there are probably some people that will complain about not qualifying and that we’re starting first as the points leaders, but I think we can all agree that practice is more important to have than the qualifying session with the situation. But overall, I think we have a good car and it should be a good race.

Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda starts the race from 12th place and speaking following the session he said:

I think we unloaded fast and that was a good way to start the weekend here at Gateway. The PNC Bank car started strong – that’s what you need to do when you’re in a championship fight and every spot matters. We only got a little time in first practice and tried as best we could to get the balance of the car right. I think there are probably some people that will complain about not qualifying and that we’re starting first as the points leaders, but I think we can all agree that practice is more important to have than the qualifying session with the situation. But overall, I think we have a good car and it should be a good race.

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