Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda had a fantastic qualifying session for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. The Californian will start the race from third place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I honestly didn’t expect our run to be that good. I’m really proud of that effort from the whole crew. Everyone from Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing really put their heads down between practice and qualifying and made some pretty significant changes that put us right there in the window. Having watched the 10 car run before us I knew the speed was there, we just had to go out and get it. Honestly I’m relieved with how much better the car was and I’m just really proud of my guys.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda also had a fantastic run in qualifying as the Brazilian will start the race from the second row in fourth place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m pleased with our run – I think we were pretty competitive. That’s the fastest we’ve gone all weekend, so I’m happy. I think the NTT car was really balanced and didn’t have anything more for the setup we had. It’s one of those things we did everything we could and left it all out there. I like qualifying sessions like that regardless of the outcome. It was a good one.
Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda had a few issues with the car this morning and will start the race from ninth place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had the same problems we had this morning in practice where we just couldn’t finish turn one correctly. But we had to go out first in qualifying and you just never know what you’re going to get with the track and conditions. All in all it was an average run and qualifying isn’t that important here with 500 miles ahead of you on Sunday. It’s a long race and hopefully we can keep the NTT Data car up front when it counts.
The Iceman heads into the race on Sunday in third place in the series championship. Max Chilton, fresh from getting married in England last weekend rounded out the top ten and speaking following qualifying he commented by saying:
I just didn’t get the laps we needed for whatever reason. I had a snowplow moment and was trying to do everything I could do to get our Gallagher car right. I was adjusting the car, but when you have to make that many adjustments in one lap, something is off. Luckily for us it’s not terrible and it’s a long race here at Pocono tomorrow. You can win from any spot on the grid.