We’ve Got To Be Happy With This Result
Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon driving the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing says that the team have to be happy with their second place finish in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
The Iceman who started the race from third place had a strong race and came home just behind Takuma Sato.
Speaking following the race he said:
We’ve got to be happy with that. “It’s always tough competition. We come here to win, but second place (was) great for points. … Hopefully, we can try and get a win here one day.”
Dixon went on to say:
We had a lot of (tire degradation). We started off where we could push really hard and be really quick and close the gap, even on some of those crossovers in the pits we were able to hone in on both Graham (Rahal) and (Takuma) Sato early on in the race. But the last 10 laps were just miserable. On that last run, I just tried to hold a steady gap to (Sato), and from there, I have to thank the team. The PNC Bank guys were very strong in the pits (and) we jumped Sebastien (Bourdais) in the pits. He drove a hell of a race and went really far on that first stint. (Bourdais) was good on (tire degradation). Another second (at Barber) and now second in points. Hopefully, we can try and get a win here one day.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda started the race from 17th place and carved his way through the field to finish the race in 10th place and speaking following the race he said:
“It was a long race. I went out on the reds (Firestone alternate tires) in the beginning, which felt OK to begin with, but they fell off quite a lot because we were fighting other guys and there was some big action going on in the first couple of laps. I think that took a bit out of the tires. Then we pitted for new blacks (Firestone primary tires), and that was initially good, but then my rear (tires) started to fall off a lot and we had a lot oversteer in the NTT DATA car. So that was probably my worst run, I would say; I couldn’t really push anyone that stint. My second stint was a bit better but then someone stopped the race and we pitted. Just as I pitted, the pits closed light came on, so I had to pass through the pit and we lost, luckily, only two spots. Normally if that happens you can basically be last. That was a big shame, it could have been a really good move maybe for top five or top six finish. Anyways, the final stint was OK and we got (Will) Power in the end and we got (Tony) Kanaan, so I think we salvaged some good points from starting P17 today. Not the weekend I wanted, and we still have a lot to work on. At least we had one car on the podium and one with seven positions gained from the start position, so good day.”