Chip Ganassi Racing head to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, round three of the Verizon IndyCar Series season as defending race winners after series champion Scott Dixon took his first Long Beach victory here last season.
Dixon, who is currently in second place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standing took victory last time out in Phoenix and is hoping for a repeat performance on the streets of Long Beach this weekend. The New Zealander is hoping to claim what will be the 40th victory of his Verizon IndyCar Series career this weekend and speaking ahead of the race he said:
Long Beach has such an amazing history. It’s a truly iconic American event that started gaining a lot of popularity with Formula One back in the day. With the layout of the track it’s truly one of the best street circuits anywhere around, and more importantly you actually get to race there. It took me forever to get to victory lane there, but we managed to accomplish that last year and I hope we can return to that form again this year.
Tony ‘TK’ Kanaan will make his 13th Long Beach start which dates back to 1998 with Brazilian claiming his very first P1 Award here in 1999. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, TK commented by saying:
Coming off such an exciting race in Phoenix where we were so close to getting on the podium, I’m definitely ready to get out onto the streets of Long Beach and see what we can do there. I love how much history the Long Beach race has and how the Long Beach fans really embrace the event. The No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet has started the season out strong with two top-10 finishes and we really want to carry that momentum out to the West Coast.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet is looking to continue his strong start to life in IndyCar this weekend as he makes his second street course start of the season saying:
I think we should be optimistic for Long Beach this weekend with the Gallagher team. I raced in Indy Lights here last year so I have some knowledge of the circuit. We have one street race under our belts in St. Petersburg this year, so there were a lot of lessons learned that can be applied here. Scott (Dixon) is the defending winner and really knows how to get around this place as well, so I’ll be looking to him for pointers before we get started on track Friday.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is considered by Charlie Kimball as a home race and speaking ahead of the event he commented by saying:
After a weekend off, I can’t wait to get back into the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet at Long Beach. It really doesn’t show in the championship standings yet, but I think we’re steadily on pace for a strong showing this season. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team gave me a great, fast car at both St. Pete and Phoenix; we just weren’t able to get the results. We’ll have a good pit location thanks to our qualifying run in Phoenix, and I have no doubt the No. 83 car will be quick again. I’m looking forward to giving my hometown crowd a reason to cheer this weekend.