Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was delighted as the Swedish NTT IndyCar Series rookie scored his maiden NTT IndyCar Series pole position for today’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The Swede who set a fastest time of 01:08.2785s commented saying:
We’ve been up there all day. The NTT Honda car has been amazing. Big thanks to the 10 car crew and also the 9 car crew. Just a really good day. It started very solid. Been sort of top five all day and that’s a fine run on reds. The first two laps I didn’t really feel like I had a grip and then the final lap there was just something switching on and I was like ‘OK, this could be good.’ But honestly I didn’t think it was going to be. It is so tight and I looked up at the screen and we were P1 and I just prayed it was going to hold but, yeah, fantastic day. Thanks to my team.” (About w hat kind of an advantage is it to start on the pole and have his teammate next to him): “I spent the last two races sort of in the angry midpack so it’s a good change to be back where we were at St. Pete and COTA. Also, well done by Scott (Dixon). I hope we can sort of go together so that we finish in 1, 2 there.”
Defending series champion Scott Dixon driving the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing starts the race on the front row with a time of 01:08.2979s.
Speaking about his qualifying the Iceman said:
“I think our setups are pretty close. I think all weekend it’s just been kind of who pieced a lap together a little bit better. In that scenario, I think the start of my first lap was really good and I didn’t do well in the second half, and then on the second lap I kind of messed up Turn 2. I think it’s just one of those things. Both cars were very close, and we’ve been pretty close throughout the weekend, but I’d say they’re almost identical, which is nice. It’s nice to work with someone that has a very similar feel (for the car) and (driving) likeness, too. I’m looking forward to a strong race tomorrow with the PNC Bank car.”