Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda starts Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from the front row alongside pole sitter Helio Castroneves and made a great getaway leading the way into turn 1.
Dixon was extremely quick throughout the race and ended the event in fourth place after shuffling through the pack following the pit-stops. Speaking following the race the Iceman said:
We got a great start in the NTT Data car and were just cruising along there making good fuel mileage. We came in to pit shortly after and that ended up shuffling things up a bit on strategy. But the car was great and the team worked really hard. It was pretty hard to pass at the end, which is typical for street races as we all know. So fourth was how it played out. We’ve qualified very well the first two races so hopefully we can convert that into a win really soon.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda started the race from 20th place and came through the field to finish the race in 14th place just ahead of his team mate Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda.
Speaking following the race, Chilton commented by saying:
It was a long day. We went pretty erratic with the setup. We have been struggling as a car team, not overall, just the No. 8 car, so we went to a different setup and didn’t like it, so it was a long afternoon. At that point you just need to be able to race. I think I did all right but I didn’t move forward. It was the first weekend we have had in quite a while now where we haven’t been improving. We will look into what is going on and see if we can get better for the Barber race.
Tony Kanaan who started the race from 11th place ended the race in 15th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
This was a rough weekend for the No.10 NTT Data Honda. We had some contact on the first lap and had to come in for a new front wing and later in the race we made contact and had a cut left rear that we had to come in and change unexpectedly. We were just never able to get back up with the front runners.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda had a race to forget as he started the race from seventh place but was forced to retire from the race on the opening lap as he was involved in an accident with Team Penske’s Will Power which saw Kimball retire from the race.
Speaking following the event, Kimball commented by saying:
To say I am frustrated with how today’s race went is an understatement. I thought I was clear of the 12 but I obviously wasn’t. He turned me and put me in the wall pretty heavy. I am really disappointed for the guys – they worked so hard to get the car to a good place for today’s race. The No. 83 Tresiba Honda was fast and I thought we had a lot of potential for a solid result in today’s race.