Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon, driving the No.9 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda ended day one of the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place as the fastest Honda driver.
The Iceman set a fastest time of 01:00.6253s and speaking following the day of action, the New Zealander who goes into this weekend’s race with an eight point in the championship commented by saying:
We still have some work to do, but I’m pleased with the start overall for the No. 9 NTT Data team. It’s still going to take a bit more to get to where the Penske cars are, but I’m confident in the team and the decisions we’ll make heading into Practice 3 and qualifying tomorrow.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda ended the day in 11th place with a fastest time of 01:01.0883s and speaking following the opening day of action the Englishman commented by saying:
We picked up three positions from first to second practice today in the Gallagher car, but there is still more work to be done. This series is so close and the times are so tight, which is a direct reflection of the competition in INDYCAR. You really have to be on your game each weekend and get the most out of the car to be near the front. We’ll take what we learned from today and adapt for tomorrow and hopefully get a spot in the Firestone Fast Six.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ended the day in 12th place and speaking following his time in the car the Brazilian commented by saying:
The track is just a completely different animal this year. It’s going to be a lot harder to pass in Turn 1 with how much bumpier it is, but with the repave in Turn 8, a new passing zone opened up to make up for the loss of passing in that first turn. We worked through a lot of different things today, so we’re looking forward to hopefully finding out exactly what works for qualifying tomorrow in the first practice. I think we have a good shot of putting the No. 10 NTT Data Honda into the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 NovoNordisk Honda ended the day in 18th place and speaking following his day in the car he commented by saying:
Honestly we’re just struggling for lap time at the moment. The car isn’t great, but we seem to make it better and not go a lot quicker. I’m pretty frustrated, but the nice thing is we’ve got Scott’s (Dixon) data to look at tonight. We’ll learn from that and make sure the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Honda is fast tomorrow.