Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon driving the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing said it was a tough race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Saturday.
The Iceman was leading the race in tricky conditions but was overtaken by Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet who went on to win the race.
Speaking following the race he said:
It was tough. I knew kind of from the get-go that I was going to be struggling with the front end, and I don’t know why it was balanced that way, but it just felt like I needed about six turns of front wing. I thought we could maybe hold the gap, but the harder I pushed the worse it got and just blistered the front tires off the car. You know, all in all, a solid effort. It was a tricky race. It sucks to obviously lead that many laps and come up short, but again, congrats to Simon (Pagenaud), he drove a hell of a race and it’s nice to see him back in Victory Lane.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda who started the race from pole position came home in eighth place and speaking following the race he said:
“It was a tough race, with a lot of things happening. It was kind of bad timing on some things, we had some bad luck and we had some errors here and there. I think the main point for us was we were still having issues with degradation in the front on red (Firestone alternate) tires mainly. We just dropped massively and we had to go short on the second stint on reds. That just set us up badly for the rest of the race. I don’t know why it’s happening, but it’s something we are looking into. I feel like we should have been up in the front and somehow we couldn’t do that today. I did everything I could, but it didn’t work out in the No. 10 car. We came out toward the back on the wet tires, and I think we managed to get four or five guys in the end and ended up P8. It was a good salvage of points and we managed to recover a lot. At the end of the day, we can be happy with that, but overall I’m very disappointed and I felt like we gave away something, which was likely a podium today for the NTT DATA car.”