Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet was the fastest of Chip Ganassi’s cars ending the opening day of qualifying for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in 13th place. Speaking following the session the New Zealander (pictured above with Dario Franchitti) commented by saying:
It obviously wasn’t the result we wanted today for Team Target so we just have to keep working on things. The field is really close and there are some guys out there who really put some speed on the time sheets today. We’ll keep working hard and hopefully get things pointed in the right direction.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Group Chevrolet had a disappointing day as he was unable to set a qualifying time after damaging his car in practice this morning in what the former F1 driver described as the biggest shunt of his racing career.
Speaking following the day of action Chilton commented by saying:
I’m fine. A bit battered and bruised. Your first accident on an oval is never a great one. The timing is pretty bad, but that’s the issue with practice before qualifying. You just want to make sure the car is right. I felt like it was a little bit strong in the front but I don’t have the experience to know what’s too much. Now I know, I know for future reference. It was my fault. I was driving the thing, so that’s the way it goes. That was my first green flag lap. It felt good. But it felt too good, if you know what I mean. Now I know what’s too good. It went down to the line pretty quickly. I was cautious of the rear and before you have time to react, it had gone and you’re just a passenger from then on. Sorry for the guys. Hopefully, we can get out for the race
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Data Group Chevrolet commented after ending the session in 19th by saying:
Today was frustrating. We weren’t expecting to come right out of the gates and put up a big number for qualifying, but we were definitely hoping for some more speed than what we ended with. We just didn’t have the speed that we needed to get into the top nine. We’ll have to get back to work tonight and see what needs to change to at least qualify toward the front of that second group. I know how hard the NTT DataChip Ganassi Racing guys are working, so I hope we can make that happen tomorrow during qualifying.
Charlie Kimball in the No.42 Tresiba® Chevrolet was 25th fastest and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m definitely disappointed with our qualifying run. We’ve been fairly strong all week and we just couldn’t get it done out there today. We obviously didn’t make it into the top nine, but we’ll get our chance tomorrow to put the No. 42 Tresiba® Chevrolet into a better starting position for the race next weekend.