Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda goes into this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma just three points behind championship leader Josef Newgarden.
Dixon has won one race this season which came in the Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit. The Iceman also has one Verizon P1 Award which came at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, which is he wins it would be Dixon’s 5th Verizon IndyCar Series championship, the Iceman commented by saying:
I think it’s been a total team effort for the No. 9 NTT Data team all season. I think Chip Ganassi Racing is very strong at these high-pressure, coming-down-to-the-wire situations, and not just for myself, but other championships they’ve won through the years. I remember being right there for many of Dario Franchitti’s, too, that worked out in similar fashion. I think it’s not necessarily a situation we thrive on. We would clearly like to be many points ahead and not having to worry about the last race, and you can go into a final just having to start or something like that. I don’t really speak to my competitors on that front or hear what they have to say or read up on it. For us, we’ll just go out there and try and get the job done and treat it as an ordinary race, even though there is a lot on the line.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda says he is hoping to do the best he possibly can to ensure that Scott Dixon wins his fifth championship and speaking ahead of the race, the Brazilian commented by saying:
After our last few races, we’d really just like to finish out with a good result this weekend in Sonoma to take into the offseason. Obviously we’re all really focused on doing as much as we can to help Scott (Dixon) take his fifth championship and a good result for the No. 10 car would definitely help in making sure that happens. I think it’s going to be a really exciting season finale and I’m looking forward to ending the season on a positive note, especially with all of our friends from NTT Data attending the race.
Max Chilton is hoping to capitalize on the double points in Sonoma. Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
Sonoma is always a roller coaster of a track to drive. The car and your body are put through its paces as the forces of the car take you through many compressions due to the blind dips and rises. It’s situated in one of the best areas we visit all year, and I can’t wait to capitalize on the double points.
Charlie Kimball is hoping he can have a strong weekend in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
‘m looking forward to going back to the ‘best coast’ for the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. The track has been good to me in the past, so hopefully we can finish out the year on a high note. If I had to give one word to describe the 2017 season for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team, it’d be resilient. Through the ups and downs, the whole team has never settled and kept fighting back. Sonoma Raceway always presents unique challenges for us drivers, with a lot of elevation changes and a good mix of both flowing and sharp corners. We’ll see what it has in store for us this year and be ready at the green flag.