Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda says he is expecting a tough race at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night.
Dixon, who goes into the race with an 18 point deficit to his championship rival and leader Josef Newgarden will start the race from seventh place while Newgarden starts the race from second place.
Speaking following qualifying, Dixon commented by saying:
I think this weekend is going to be pretty tough for us from what we saw at the test. I was second at the last test and the other manufacturer was still four or five tenths up the road. The problem is that for a short oval, the straight at Gateway is so long, and so I think it will be like Phoenix (where myself and teammate Tony Kanaan finished fifth and sixth), but a lot worse. But you know, I could be wrong. There have been times when I’ve been surprised how competitive we’ve been considering what we know about the aero kit deficit. I think we’re one of the teams that knows the difference between the two kits through and through, and it’s a huge downforce penalty and a ton more drag, so it’s going to be a challenge.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda had a disappointing session as he will start the race from 16th place and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
We had good balance in the Gallagher car today, and in qualifying, I gave it my best shot. In this situation you are where you are and we just did our job and kept things consistent. That’s really all you can do here.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda starts the race from 17th and speaking following the session, the Brazilian commented by saying:
I’m not happy with that at all. We trimmed the car out quite a bit for qualifying and it just didn’t come together like we thought it would. It didn’t help that we went so early on in the qualifying order and the temperature dropped drastically once the sun went down about mid-qualifying, but regardless we just didn’t have it today. We have a lot of work to do to the car for sure, but I’m excited to see what the car will do in practice tonight in race trim.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda starts the race from 18th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The track is just constantly changing, even from this afternoon’s practice session to qualifying. With the new asphalt, the track is rubbering in almost every lap. The balance was pretty good on the No. 83 Tresiba Honda there in qualifying, so I was pretty happy with that. We just needed a little more speed that we couldn’t find. We’re right there with my teammate Tony (Kanaan), so we’ll just see where we shake out.