Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says he hopes he and the No.9 crew can make life easier for themselves at this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix as the series head into what the Iceman calls a bit of an unknown racing with the oval configuration of the the 2018 universal aero kit for the first time this weekend.
The New Zealander came from the back of the field a few times at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg last time out to finish the race in sixth place.
The 2016 Phoenix Grand Prix race winner commented on this weekend’s race saying:
I think the race in Phoenix this year will be a bit of an unknown with the new package we have. We did get to test here in the No. 9 PNC Bank car for spring training, but obviously, that will be different running with other cars together in race conditions. We were able to dig deep and come from the back a few times in St. Petersburg to get a decent result, and we’re hoping we make life a bit easier for ourselves for this weekend’s race
Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda heads to the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix following a strong result in St Pete where he finished in eighth place. Speaking ahead of the event at ISM Raceway, Jones commented by saying:
I’m excited to be back in the NTT DATA car this weekend for Phoenix. We had a great test there earlier in the year, and this will be the very first oval race of the season, which I’m looking forward to. The car was really strong in the test and it should be interesting to see how everything works out racing under the lights in oval trim. I can’t wait to get back to racing in just a few short days.