A Great Day For Ganassi As Rosenqvist Shines On IndyCar Debut
Chip Ganassi Racing had a great opening race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Sunday.
Defending series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda started the race from fourth place on the grid but in typical Iceman style he made his way to the front and battled Josef Newgarden in the closing laps of the race to finish the event in second place. Speaking following the race the New Zealander commented saying:
All in all, a great day for the whole PNC Bank crew. Pit stops were phenomenal. Great points. Obviously, we were going for a win, so we just came one stop short, but congrats to Josef (Newgarden). Drove a hell of a race there and great strategy.” (About why he likes racing in St. Petersburg): “I think it’s fun. It’s technical. I think it’s the atmosphere. The city, as they say, embraces the race, and they do. Even walking around downtown, I think everybody – for me at least, living in Indianapolis – it’s nice to get some warm weather, especially this week. But I don’t know, the traffic has passing opportunities, Turn 1, Turn 4, you can maybe get sneaky occasionally, but a lot of circuits don’t have that combination. You’ve got to give Kim (Green) and Kevin (Savoree) a lot of credit, obviously Firestone, too, for sponsoring this event, but it just has a great feel about it, kicking off the season, I think everybody is happy to start the season.
In his very first NTT IndyCar Series race, Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was the star of the show. The Swede started the race from third place on the grid and made his way to the front pulling off a fantastic move on leader Will Power, leading the race twice during the event.
Rosenqvist went on to finish the race in fourth place and speaking following the race he said:
Top five is for sure satisfying, I think there was a bit more in it. I think some pit stops there didn’t really go as planned, but the NTT Data Honda was really good today. I think it was a good enough package to win the race. Just some small things didn’t go our way, but I’m really happy to be up here. I really have to thank my team, Chip Ganassi Racing, for starting off the season better than anyone could have expected.”