Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who retains Camping World as the primary sponsor of the No.9 Honda is hoping to put his Indy 500 disappointment behind where he retired from the race and put on a strong showing in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.
Dixon heads into the weekend, in fourth place in the standings just 11 points behind leader Helio Castroneves and speaking ahead of the race action, the Iceman commented by saying:
It seems you can hardly take a breath after the Indianapolis 500, and you have to be squarely focused on Detroit. You put so much time and effort into Indianapolis, but you have to also keep your attention on the bigger picture in terms of the championship, and that continues right away in Detroit this weekend. Two races in two days and two qualifiers in two days can really affect the championship race, and we’re hoping we can take advantage of the points on the table this weekend.
Max Chilton heads into the weekend off the back of a fantastic fourth place finish at the Indy 500 having led the race and speaking ahead of the event in Detroit Grand Prix he commented by saying:
Detroit, with its tough surfaces and changing track conditions, really presents a unique challenge for all drivers. I wasn’t happy last year with how we performed. This time around, I think I’m better prepared, and we have some more experience under our belt for this type of weekend with multiple races coming at us quickly. I think we really have some momentum and confidence coming off a career-best finish at Indy, and hope to ride that wave coming into the doubleheader this weekend.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ended the Indianapolis 500 in fifth place and speaking ahead of the weekend’s Detroit event the Brazilian commented by saying:
This turnaround between Indy and Detroit is so tight, but going straight to Belle Isle from the month of May is such a great transition from an amazing oval to one of the best street courses on the INDYCAR circuit for a doubleheader. I think our fifth-place run at the Indianapolis 500 has given us a lot of momentum heading into this weekend with two races up for grabs, and I’m feeling really good about our chances. The No. 10 NTT Data Honda has been strong all season, and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting our first win of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda is looking forward to the Detroit double header saying:
Going directly from a long month in Indianapolis to the physically demanding street course on Belle Isle is always a challenge. And of course, we take on the circuit twice, back-to-back. But I think it showcases the strength and versatility of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ teams and drivers. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team has had some success in Detroit in the past, so we’ll see if we can build on that. It would be an understatement to say we’ve had a rough season so far, so we’ll keep putting in the work to turn it around this weekend.