Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda endured a difficult qualifying for Sunday’s opening round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

The Iceman who set the fastest time in the final practice session this morning will start the 110 lap race on the streets of St Petersburg from ninth place.

Speaking following the session the New Zealander commented by saying:

 We thought it would get drier as the qualifying session went on, so we elected to go with the black (Firestone primary) tires. The track felt good the first few laps, but then when the rain came it was all too late. Turn 1 was especially bad with the painted runway there. There were several cars that went off there, including myself in the PNC Bank car. So I think we just misread it there. The car is still really fast, though, and we’ll have some work to do to get to the front tomorrow. But we’re here to win and that’s the goal.

Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda starts the race from 17th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

This morning we struggled a bit with the car and we went back to what we had yesterday on the NTT DATA Honda. I felt more comfortable for qualifying, but we just missed advancing by a fraction. We had a car come out in front of us, which deterred our progress and that’s unfortunate. It’s frustrating in that sense, but we’ll see what the weather will bring tomorrow and how things will shake out.”

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