Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet will roll off from sixth place for Saturday’s race 1 at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix of Detroit.
The New Zealander set a qualifying time in the Firestone Fast 6 of 01:16.4613s and will start the race just ahead of his Ganassi team mate Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet. Speaking following qualifying Dixon commented by saying:
We had a bit of a throttle sensor issue that hampered us, so I think there is still some good speed left in the Target car, so that is encouraging. It was a good start to the weekend for us and the team, so we’ll go back and do some more homework and hope to improve our position for the race tomorrow.
Tony Kanaan set a qualifying time of 01:15.5508s and speaking following the session he stated:
The No. 10 NTT DATA Chevrolet was definitely a Firestone Fast Six car, but I made a mistake on my fast lap that lost us a tenth of a second, which was enough to put me out of the top six. On the bright side though, we’ll have better tires for the race tomorrow when these other guys are using another set of reds in the last qualifying session. Great job by the team getting the car ready for qualifying. We struggled quite a bit in practice this morning, so I’m just happy with the major improvements we made from practice to qualifying.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet will start the race from eighth place giving Chip Ganassi three cars in the top ten setting a fastest qualifying time of 01:15.6712s and will start the race just ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power. Speaking following the session, Kimball said:
Frankly I’m really happy with the bounce back from the No. 83 team. We had a few different gremlins this morning – just things we haven’t ever seen before that we needed to deal with before qualifying. Overall I’m very happy to come away starting on the fourth row. I think we have a good opportunity to make moves forward during tomorrow’s race and hopefully we can learn something from today’s qualifying that we can take away for qualifying for Sunday’s race.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet will start Saturday’s race from 18th place just behind Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi. Chilton clocked a fastest time of 01:16.7138s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had a difficult qualifying session with this being just my first time here at this track. We had limited practice before the session, but I’m happy in that we improved a full second today. I think it’s just a matter of track time and experience at a place like Detroit, and we’ll get there and hopefully start moving up for the race as we get more laps under our belt in the Gallagher car.
Race 1 of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix of Detroit gets underway on Saturday at 3:30pm.