Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda heads into this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen as the defending race winner.

The Iceman had a fantastic race last time out at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline where he finished on the podium in second place having come from seventh place on the grid.

Dixon has now closed to within 31 points of championship leader Josef Newgarden. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Dixon commented by saying:

We’ve had some success at Watkins Glen over the years and it’s been one of the better tracks for the No. 9 team historically. The goal is to do what we did last year, both starting and finishing strong. We’re in striking distance with two races to go in the championship, including the double-points race in the Sonoma finale, so we need to be fast out of the gates this Friday.

Max Chilton heads into the race weekend hoping for a strong race following two retirements in a row. Speaking ahead of the race, which takes place on his favourite road course, Chilton commented by saying:

The Glen to me is the best road course in North America, and I cannot wait to return to its flowing, high-speed and undulating bends this weekend. The track always offers a great race for the huge crowds that turn up, and I am looking to replicate my (Firestone) Fast Six qualifying from last year and secure a podium, as I believe I and the car have what we need to achieve that result.

Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda heads into this weekend’s race following a seventh place finish at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:

Even though this is only our second year back at The Glen, it has quickly become one of my favorite stops on the INDYCAR circuit. After a couple of race weekends on ovals, we’ll be making the switch to the road course mindset, and knowing how much speed we had in the No. 83 car in Watkins Glen last year, we’ll be looking to top our sixth-place finish. It was great to get a top 10 at Gateway, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re working hard to finish the season on the podium.

Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda heads into this weekend’s race hoping for a strong result following his retirement from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

Speaking ahead of the race the Brazilian commented by saying:

We’re ready to put last weekend behind us, and we really want to focus on finishing these last two races of the season strong. Last year, we qualified and ran pretty well, but had some issues that took us from running up front during the race. We’re ready to run well again and hopefully have a much better result than we did last year. I love that we’re going back to Watkins Glen after the success of the race last year, and I can’t wait to put on a good show for the fans on such a great road course.

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