Five time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon who drives the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing says he is excited to get going on the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Speaking ahead of the event the Iceman said:
“I think everybody is excited to get the season started. When you live in the Midwest, everybody is looking forward to getting to some warm weather. I think some of us have had the luxury of doing additional races, which is always good, before the season takes off. The format of the INDYCAR season right now, how long the off-season is, how little testing there is, I think there’s a lot of built-up energy and people eager to get going. There’s no difference for me. I think everybody is just trying to prepare as well as possible and make the off-season gains and development and just try and take off and fix the areas of weaknesses that we had last year with the PNC Bank team. Ultimately, I’m excited to get going and can’t wait.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda is looking forward to his sophomore season in the series saying:
“It’s the moment of truth finally after almost half a year waiting. It’s been a lot of, not only waiting but a lot of preparation especially the last couple of months with two tests – which hasn’t been a lot of driving. Everyone has been trying to be the best prepared for the season start. I’m just eager to drive the NTT DATA No. 10 car and start the season fresh. It’s a big week and I think there is a lot to lose and little to win this first race. You have to keep yourself a little bit calm. It’s going to be great to be back with the team and up on the track trying to build from where we left off last year!”
Dixon and Rosenqvist are joined at Chip Ganassi Racing this season by Marcus Ericsson who is driving the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda and speaking ahead of the event this weekend he said:
“I am really looking forward to the first race of the season and getting back to St. Pete after being there last year. It’s a great place to start the INDYCAR season; a great city and a great track. I have positive memories from last year with having a strong race running in the top 8. I had to retire with a mechanical failure, but it was running very well before that. I’ll be bringing in those good memories along with this being my first year with Chip Ganassi Racing and the Huski Chocolate No. 8 car – It’s going to be so much fun running that car. I am excited when I can start the season on a high! We had a really good off-season and we feel prepared to go racing.”