Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon heads to this weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park off the back of a fourth place finish at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Dixon who started the race from the front row in second place describes the Barber Motorsports Park as the bullring. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Dixon commented by saying:
Barber is demanding. It’s like a little bullring almost. It’s very fast and very high grip. There are both fast and blind corners and it can get narrow in some places as well. The facility itself is one to see. The track has done a great job with the park over the years and it attracts a lot of people, which is great for our sport.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda heads to Barber Motorsports Park having finished the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 14th place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s event the former F1 driver stated:
I am really excited to head back to Barber. We scored a podium there in Indy Lights before my rookie (Verizon IndyCar Series) season, and I gained some more experience there last year. It is an amazing track to drive and the grounds remind me of Augusta National Golf Club. I will be looking to grab as many points as I can with the Gallagher team
Tony Kanaan heads to Barber Motorsports Park having finished the race in Long Beach in 15th place and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
We’ve had a rough start to our 2017 season, to say the least, so I’m looking forward to heading to Barber this weekend and putting those first two races behind us. The team had a good test day at Barber a few weeks ago and I think we left feeling good about what we needed to do to come back for the race as competitive as possible. We love coming to Barber every year – the place is so well-kept and the track is a lot of fun to drive. It doesn’t hurt that we always have a great fan turnout for that race, either.
Charlie Kimball will be hoping for a better weekend in Barber Motorsports Park having retired from the race in Long Beach and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team has been strong at Barber Motorsports Park in the past, and it’s a race I look forward to every year. It’s just so unique. It’s always up and down, literally and figuratively, at Barber – the highs and lows of the elevation plus both high-speed and low-speed corners. Trying to master both is what makes it a challenge and can make or break your weekend. We had really good practice and qualifying sessions in Long Beach, making improvements every time we went out. Sooner or later, our luck will change and things will fall into place. More than anything, I’m ready to reward the (No.) 83 team for all of their hard work day in and day out. As always, we’ll keep our heads down and focused on our own goals.