Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says he hoping for a strong end to the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend.
The Iceman consolidated second place in the championship in Portland with his third place finish and speaking ahead of Laguna he said:
It’s a bit of a strange one; can’t be first, can’t be third. Obviously, it was a great result for the team in Portland locking up first and second in the championship. I’m looking forward to the repaving and it should be very high grip. I’m not sure how that will play out for the race but looking forward to finish the season strong. We’ve had three podiums in a row and will try to complete things with another one.”
Newly crowned champion Alex Palou in the No.10 American Legion Honda scored his fifth win of the season last time out in Portland and looking ahead to the action this weekend the Spaniard said:
It was an amazing weekend in Portland, getting the win and getting the championship wrapped up early. I’m very happy to have another race weekend to finish up this great season that we are having, especially at a place like Laguna Seca where we won last year. I think we have a good chance to finish up high again and I can’t wait to drive the chrome American Legion livery. It is going to look amazing out there.
Marcus Ericsson will make his final race start in the No.8 Huski Iced Spritz Honda before moving to Andretti Autosport in 2024.
“Laguna Seca is a classic track, and it is always fun to go there. Looking ahead to the weekend, it will be very interesting to see what the new surface will do. It’s been quite low grip there in previous years and this new asphalt is supposed to be a lot faster. That will be a curveball for all teams and drivers. For me, this will be my last race with Chip Ganassi Racing after four fantastic years. It is very, very important to me to finish strong and have a good race weekend. I’m very focused and looking forward finishing strong for all of us.”
Marcus Armstrong, who it was confirmed on Thursday will move to a full-time program in INDYCAR with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2024 commented on the race ahead saying:
“This looks like a track that I will enjoy, and it should be quite grippy with the new asphalt. It has quite the European track layout and I’m looking forward to it. We also get an extra test day at the beginning of the week, which is very good for me because I have never been there before. I expect to build on the momentum of last week.”