Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says that it was defiantly a tough day at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course as he was unable to add to his victory takky in the Honda Indy 200 presented by Ridgeline on Sunday saying that he really struggled with the rear of the car.

Speaking following the race where the Iceman finished in fourth place having qualified in fifth he said that they will go back and look at what happened in the race and get prepared for the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville next month.

The Iceman said however that it was a good day overall for Chip Ganassi Racing with his teammate’s Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou coming home on the podium in second and third place respectively and speaking to Paddock Eye following the race, Ericsson spoke about the consistency he has had in recent races:

My first win in Detroit a couple weeks back, it was good for me to get my first win in INDYCAR. Since then, I felt really strong. Detroit we had an issue with qualifying. Then Road America, one of the fastest cars in the race. Really good weekend. To finish on the podium today, yeah, it’s definitely good momentum, good for the confidence (indiscernible). I think it showed today that I can really race with the best in the series.

Ericsson went on to say:

I’m proud of the whole team.  Everyone has done a great job, and it was a true team effort.  The #8 Husky Honda was feeling great out there and we were pushing really, really hard to catch Josef [Newgarden, race winner]. I saw with about 10 laps to go that he was starting to struggle and I went after him with everything I had. I think in a couple more laps, we could’ve challenged for the win but, overall, second is a very good result today.”

The third place for Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda means that he heads to Nashville next month with a 39 point lead in the championship over Pato O’Ward in second place and speaking following the race the Spaniard said:

Today the car was really good, Honda gave us great power and we were able to fight when the chances came. The only way that we are going to be able to win this championship is to go out and keep putting the car on the podium every week so that is what we are concentrating on.”

Vice President of HPD, Kelvin Fu commented on the race saying:

First, congratulations to Roger Penske’s on his milestone victory today, 50 years after his first major race win.  But also, congratulations to Chip Ganassi Racing, who led the way for Honda and HPD and gave the fans here an exciting finish. It was great to see all the fans at Mid-Ohio today, what an impressive crowd to come out here on Independence Day. We’ll continue to work hard, and we’re looking forward to going to Nashville for the first time in just a few weeks.”

Dixon heads to Nashville in a month, in third place in the championship, 56 points behind Alex Palou, however there are still six races left this season.

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