Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who started Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway from 17th place on the grid following a tough qualifying draw on Saturday came through the field to finish the race in eighth place.
The Iceman had some very close racing with his team mate Tony Kanaan with the pair touching wheels at one points.
Speaking following the race, Dixon who is now just eight points ahead of Helio Castroneves in the standings commented by saying:
“It was a rough day for the NTT Data car. We were just so loose. We tried to fix it with wing adjustments, tire pressure adjustments and cross-weights, but the rear was just loose especially on restarts for us. As we got later on in the run, we could beat up the right front tire and create some understeer which helped. Our only option was to run the high line and as soon as I went on the low line I started to spin out. All in all just happy I didn’t crash today.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda started the race from seventh and finished the race in ninth place and enjoyed a great battle with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe and speaking following the race he said:
That was an exhausting race for sure. The car was a handful at the beginning of the race, but we were able to make some adjustments throughout that first stint in the cockpit that really helped out. The car definitely came to us as the race went on and we made adjustments in the stops. We were running the same lap times, if not faster, as the leaders multiple times throughout the race. We just weren’t able to make the passes we needed to get to the front. The NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing guys did a good job in the pits and were able to get me a few spots on pit lane. We were hoping for a higher finish than ninth, especially with how the weekend was going, but we’ll take a top-10 finish heading into Toronto.”
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda started the race from 13th and finished the race in 14th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
“It was a wild one for sure in the Gallagher car today. I really didn’t know where we were until we crossed the finish line. At one point we were leading, at one point we were 18th. I tried to run a good race. I was right there at one point with Scott (Dixon) and Tony (Kanaan) and we were battling pretty well and changing spots. They have years more experience than I do, so I was happy to be in that mix with them. We didn’t have the package to win it this weekend, but we did the best job I think we could have.”
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda started the race from 14th place on the grid and finished the event in 15th and speaking following the race he said:
“A really hard day – I’m happy to bring it back in one piece honestly. The car stepped out on me a couple of times and I caught it right up to the wall in Turn 4 once. With the heat and the wind, it was just a really challenging day. I think the balance itself was hit or miss – we weren’t great. Overall, we just weren’t quite quick enough once the newness of the tires had worn off. It was really about the middle to the end of the fuel stint where we were losing a bunch of time to everyone around us. We’ll go back and look at it to try to figure out how to make the No. 83 Tresiba Honda work on a short oval track.”
The next stop for Chip Ganassi Racing is the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend where last year Scott Dixon took the Verizon P1 Award, he will be hoping for a repeat performance this year.