Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was happy with the performance of his car following the opening practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday. In the opening session on Friday morning, Dixon driving the No.9 NTT DATA Honda topped the times with a 01:07.6357s.

In the second session, Dixon ended the session in eighth place and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:

I was obviously happy with the car this morning, but like I always say, practice doesn’t pay anything for winning. In the second session we had a fast NTT Data car as well, but an untimely red flag caught us out on our fast lap which left us down the timing sheets.

In the opening session, Tony Kanaan ended the morning in eighth place while in the second session on Friday in 13th place and speaking following the track action he commented by saying:

Today was definitely a busy day for the No. 10 NTT Data Honda. We made some pretty big changes that didn’t play out the way we wanted them to but the practice days are the days where you can take those bigger swings. We definitely have some work to do tonight to get the car ready for qualifying tomorrow but I’m confident the NTT Data guys will have us ready to go.

Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba Honda ended the opening session in 17th place while in the second session he ended the day in 17th place and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:

Well, it’s not the result we wanted for today. I know the No. 83 team is going to work hard tonight to figure out what’s going on and be ready for tomorrow.  We found a little bit of speed at the end there, but we weren’t on fresh tires so we’ll look at it. I’ve got a little bit to learn overnight and it’s nice to have fast teammates with Scott (Dixon) and Tony (Kanaan) being a little quicker. We’ll look at their data and learn from that. I’m a little frustrated because I want to come out and start Friday off right but as Dario (Franchitti) says, it’s all about recovery.

Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda suffered an electrical issue in the opening session while in the second session the Englishman ended the day in 21st place and speaking following the day of action he stated:

I think we are all kind of scratching our heads a bit about the practice times today. We’re working hard on the balance of the Gallagher car, just like our three teammates. We will go back to look at the data tonight and have a game plan to move forward up the grid tomorrow for qualifying.


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