Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon started Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from sixth place on the grid and in second in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship, four points behind Josef Newgarden and finished the race in fourth place meaning that he finished the championship in third place on 621 points.
The Iceman suffered from a loose car and speaking following the race he said:
It just seems like the No. 3 car covered us. Every time we short-pitted they followed us and he was just a massive roadblock. Once we got into clean air, we were able to make up ground, but every time we got into traffic we got real loose. Huge credit to everyone on the NTT Data crew obviously not the way we wanted to finish. A big congrats to Penske and Josef (Newgarden) on a job well done.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda finished the race in 11th place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
I think as predicted by a lot of people, today’s race was a lot about tire fall-off. We fought rear grip and traction for most of the day, especially after about four or five laps in a stint. Overall I’m proud of the guys on the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. They didn’t give up today and they haven’t given up all year. They kept their chins up and kept pushing as hard as they could. I think the 83 crew doesn’t know the definition of giving up. I’m appreciative of everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing for the last seven years and I’m not sure what the future holds. I’ll relax tonight and get back to work on next season tomorrow.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda finished the season ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in 12th place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
My target for the year was to win the (Indianapolis) 500, finish in the top 10 in the championship, and later it was to catch Tony (Kanaan) in the championship. We nearly won the 500, finished a few points out of the top 10, and Tony finished just in front of me, so we just missed out on our targets barely. But I think the Gallagher team should feel pretty good about what we did accomplish.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda endured a tough race having been hit from behind on the opening lap of the race and as a result he had an up hill battle and finished the race in 16th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Starting the race being hit from behind on the first lap really took away any chances that we had to have a good race. We had to come in right away for a flat tire and once we got shuffled back with the unplanned stop it was almost impossible to get back toward the front. I’d say overall, it’s been a difficult season for myself and the No. 10 NTT Data Honda. We’ve had a lot of things go wrong that we couldn’t control and some that we could, but I’m going into the offseason very optimistic about next season. NTT Data has been a great partner for me over the last three years and it’s been great to see that partnership grow. I want to thank Chip (Ganassi) and the whole Chip Ganassi Racing team for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this team and I wish them nothing but the best.