Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing team Chevrolet is looking forward to racing on the streets of Toronto once again this weekend.
Dixon goes into this weekend’s race having finished the Iowa Corn 300 last weekend on the podium in third place behind race winner Josef Newgarden and Team Penske’s Will Power. In Toronto last season, Dixon finished the race in eighth place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race the New Zealander commented by saying:
Toronto is a really fun place to go. To be at a racetrack downtown and on the water (Lake Ontario) is really an unbelievable setting for us as drivers. The city is growing so much and it’s a great market for us. It’s really another classic street course which allows passing zones for the cars. The fans in Toronto, and Canada in general, are very knowledgeable and you can see that passion come through on race weekends there.
In Iowa Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA CHEVROLET started the race from sixth place and came home in seventh and goes into this weekend’s race in Toronto in 6th place in the series standings just 12 points behind Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.
In Toronto last season Kanaan finished the race in sixth place and led 3 laps. The Brazilian is looking forward to a fun weekend saying:
Toronto is always a fun weekend for us. We get to see another fan base that has really embraced the Verizon IndyCar Series and loves the races we put on. The track is challenging with so many passing opportunities, but it gives the fans an exciting show. We’re coming off of a weekend in Iowa where the result didn’t reflect how good the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet was, so we’re due for a good result.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet who started the Iowa Corn 300 from fourth place on the grid was left frustrated as the IndyCar rookie was classified in 19th place and heads to the Honda Indy Toronto race in the Suco Rookie points standings and is in 19th place in the series standings and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race he commented by saying:
I’m excited to finally get to race at the track I have heard so much about. I missed it last year in Indy Lights due to my works commitments with Nissan racing at Le Mans, but I have Dario (Franchitti, team driver coach) as my mentor and he just reminded me he qualified here on pole as a rookie, so the pressure is on.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet finished the Iowa Corn 300 in 10th place having started the race from fifth place and heads into the Honda Indy Toronto weekend in 10th place in the series standings on 275 points and speaking ahead of race weekend he commented by saying:
Navigating around the streets of Toronto in a Verizon IndyCar Series car requires a great deal of skill, but also some luck. It’s such a tight circuit by design, so sometimes you’re just looking to come out of the corners unscathed. But there are also two long straights, providing some opportunity for passing and a chance to gain some speed. We’ll all be getting used to the new pit lane location and, of course, we’ll see how the track surface has changed from last year. I’m looking forward to heading back to Toronto with the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Team.
With six races remaining this season Chip Ganassi Racing head into this weekend race in Toronto with three of their drivers in the top ten in the points standings. For more information on the team you can follow them on Twitter – @CGRindycar