Chip Ganassi Racing’s reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon heads into this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio sports car course having claimed his first Verizon P1 Award of 2016 at the Honda Indy Toronto last time out, the New Zealander completed dominated the race however was caught out by the caution periods during the race and ended the event in 8th place.
Dixon has won at Mid-Ohio a record five times and will be hoping to add to his tally this weekend, his has won here in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and most recently in 2014. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he commented by saying:
I have a soft spot for Mid-Ohio, to be honest. I think we have five victories there over the years and 10 or so with the team in total. It’s a place that we always feel that all four of our teams will have a shot at winning, and there aren’t many tracks out there where your confidence level is that high as a team. It’s a track that really feels like home to me.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet has more starts at Mid-Ohio than any of his competitors at 14 and will start his 261st consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series race this weekend and goes into the Mid-Ohio off the back of an extremely strong weekend in Toronto where he finished the race in fourth place.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race the Brazilian commented by saying:
This team obviously has a strong history at Mid-Ohio and it’s a really good feeling to be able to come into a race weekend knowing that this team knows how to get it done here. It’s a difficult road course with the passing opportunities being so limited, but the atmosphere is always so great. You can just tell that the Mid-Ohio fans really love the shows we put on for them. The No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet has been so consistent this season and we’ve been really strong at the last few street and road courses – I think we’re just knocking on the door of our first win this season.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet took victory here in 2013 for Chip Ganassi Racing and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race he commented by saying:
I’m looking forward to Mid-Ohio after a weekend off. It’s not quite a ‘home race’ for me, but it’s close enough to Indy that we always have a great group at the track taking advantage of the awesome setting. We had a strong qualifying last year, starting in the Firestone Fast Six, but just got caught out with some bad luck early on during the race. It’s a course that really has a bit of everything – tight corners, flowing corners, elevation changes – so it can be challenging, for sure. The Chip Ganassi Racing cars are always fast here, so we’ll be working hard to put the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet back on the podium again this weekend.
Max Chilton heads into this weekend’s race following an 18th place finish last time out in Toronto and speaking ahead of the race in Mid-Ohio he commented by saying:
I am really looking forward to heading back to one of the best road courses in North America. I hugely enjoyed the track last year and was on the podium in Indy Lights. The crowd is always electric with a huge amount of camping adding to the atmosphere.
Chip Ganassi Racing are the most successful team at Mid-Ohio having taken ten victories here with their most recent win coming in 2014 with Scott Dixon.