Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says he hopes to unlock speed from the car after a disappointing qualifying session for Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit.

The Iceman who leads the championship by 23 points going into today’s race will start the race from eighth place having set a time of 01:43.1769s.

Speaking following the session, Dixon commented by saying:

I just didn’t think we had great space to work in out there on the track. There were about five other guys before us and they are all trying to get their spacing right, as well. It’s nobody’s fault, it’s just there’s a tight window for everything. Maybe we should have waved off a third lap on the black (Firestone primary) tires and got ourselves better time on the reds (Firestone alternate tires). It is what it is, though, and we only really had one lap to try and get something going. Then, we had people starting to back up in front of us and never got to show our speed. I think the PNC Bank car had enough for the Firestone Fast Six, but we’ll have to show that speed tomorrow in the race.

Ed Jones in the No.10 First Data Honda will start today’s race from 12th place having set a qualifying time of 01:43.3544s and speaking following the session he said:

The guys on the First Data car made some great changes today after we struggled a little bit early on in the weekend here at Road America. That was the most confident I’ve felt with the car so far this weekend and I felt we were going in the right direction. We were capable of being in the Firestone Fast Six today, but we got held up a bit. On the upside, we have a really fast First Data car and something we can use to improve on up the grid for tomorrow.”

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