Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team’s No.9 of reigning series champion Scott Dixon will start tomorrow’s Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from 5th place on the grid after making it through to the Firestone Fast six shootout.
The New Zealander set a fastest time of 1m 00.5395s and will start the race just ahead of the No.28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda of Ryan Hunter Reay. Speaking following the session, Dixon commented by saying:
We had a pretty poor session this morning just with traffic and not being able to get a clean run. The No. 9 Target Chevrolet has been strong for most of the weekend and it’s good to see those top five spots in the Firestone Fast Six being Chevy-powered. It’s tough to see all four Penske cars walk off in those top four spots, but at least we made some big improvements over last year’s car. I know we’re going to race well, so hopefully we’ll have a good strategy to gain a few spots and make it to the podium tomorrow.
Dixon was the highest placed Ganassi driver as Charlie Kimball in the No.83 NovoNordisk Ganassi Chevrolet will start the race from 14th place on the grid and speaking following the session he stated:
It was disappointing to not transfer through to the Firestone Fast Six – it’s just so competitive here in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet was good. We just didn’t quite get it done. We’ll bounce back and get it ready for tomorrow. I think we have a little bit to learn over night from Scott and the Target team – he did a great job getting into the Firestone Fast 6. We’ll learn from what he was able to do and develop a strategy and be ready to go racing tomorrow.
Max Chilton who makes his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the No.8 Gallagher Ganassi Racing Chevrolet will start the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from 17th place on the grid and speaking following the session the former F1 driver commented by saying:
It was a difficult morning for sure. We made a change during the first practice session that was just too much and ultimately didn’t really work. We went back to the way we had originally set up the car for qualifying, but it seemed to have the same balance issues we saw this morning. It’s not as high as we would’ve hoped to qualify, but I came out as the top rookie and I don’t think I did too bad of a job today. We’ll regroup tonight and be ready for the race tomorrow.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet will start tomorrow’s opening race of the season from 20th place on the grid and speaking following the session the Brazilian commented by saying:
We’re obviously not happy with our qualifying effort today. We’ve struggled this weekend to get the car where it needs to be and get the times that we know we can get. It just wasn’t there today in qualifying for the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet, but we’ll bounce back tomorrow.