Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing showed that they are a force to be reckoned with this weekend as the New Zealander set the fourth fastest time overall on day one of action at the Honda Indy Toronto.
Dixon set a fastest time of 01.0702s ending the day just behind the Penske trio of Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Will Power. Speaking following the session he stated:
It was a good start to the weekend for Team Target and the No. 9 car guys. We made some good adjustments to the car in the first practice session and were just really adapting to the changes in the track layout. P4 in the second session isn’t terrible but I think we can improve tomorrow and have a good run in qualifying. This is one of my favorite places we race at all year and the fans are great and really appreciate motor racing.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet ended day 1 in 7th place just ahead of Graham Rahal and just behind Sebastien Bourdais setting a time of 01:02.4089s and speaking following the session the Brazilian commented by saying:
We spent most of today’s practice sessions just running laps to mileage out the engine on the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet. I think we only made one change all day. The car is OK. I mean we need to do 19 more laps to mileage this engine out and get it changed for qualifying tomorrow. It was one of those days where you just have to get a lot of laps in without many tires, so you’re just kind of driving around to get there. We only got one fast lap and I hit traffic, but we ended up in the top seven so I think we’re going to be good for tomorrow.
It was a very disappointing day for Charlie Kimball in the No.83 NovoNordisk Chevrolet as he brought out the red flag during the session after crashing heavily meaning that the No.83 crew will have some work to do overnight ahead of practice and qualifying. Kimball ended the day in 21st place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was disappointing to have our session end early. I was just out on fresh tires and trying get a little aggressive in Turn 11. I caught the apex wall and that put me into the outside wall. I know the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys will fix it – I have the utmost confidence in the No. 83 team. I think the car is pretty good – we’ll obviously learn a little bit from what the No. 9 and the No. 10 did and talk to the No. 8 car and see if we can all learn from each other. I think the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet should be good tomorrow morning and ready for qualifying tomorrow afternoon.
Max Chilton in the No.6 Gallagher Chevrolet had a tough session as he rounded out the order in 22nd with a fastest time of 01:03.2645s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a very quick first day in Toronto with quite a few cautions with the track being so soft and bumpy. I feel like we made a good gain in that last new tire set. We’re still where we were in positions, but we’ve reduced the gap a big amount. I think those are the things you have to look for when you’re a rookie. Hopefully we can continue to close that gap with the faster cars tomorrow for qualifying.