Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing will start Sunday’s season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from seventh place on the grid.
The New Zealander just missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast 6 after setting a time of 01:16.5700s and speaking following the session Dixon commented by saying:
We had some major vibrations on the qualifying run with the black tires, and then when we switched to the red tires it got even worse. I was actually surprised we were able to get through to (Segment 2). Overall we’ve been struggling with overall grip. The times are just so close. The Verizon IndyCar Series is just so close and cut throat these days. You can miss by just a little and be on the outside looking in.
Dixon goes into the race in third place in the series standings and is the defending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma race winner.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet who celebrates his 100th Verizon IndyCar Series start this weekend will start the race from 12th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a good day for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing getting into the top 12. Definitely disappointing in (Segment 2) not to have had a better lap, but with the challenge of the tires only being good for one lap you have to have a perfect lap. I didn’t quite get the best out of it in the second round of qualifying. We’re starting 12th and we have 85 laps to move forward tomorrow during the race. I know that these guys in the pits have been rock solid, especially the second half of the year. We’ll have a good car tomorrow to go race with especially as we go through a fuel stint and the car changes. It’s going to be a little hotter and a little windier tomorrow, but I think that challenge plays right into our hands.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet will start the race from 13th place and speaking following the session the Brazilian commented by saying:
We’re not very happy with our qualifying run today. I think we’re just struggling to find the right setup for the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet and everyone is still trying to find more grip. The back half of the field isn’t where we want to be starting tomorrow, but I’m confident we can close the gap for tomorrow and find the speed we need to contend at the front.
Max Chilton will start the race from 18th place in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It’s a very challenging circuit and it’s such a great part of the world to come here and race in. I gave it 100 percent and all I had out there. I really wanted to qualify well here and finish the season on a high note. We had a great qualifying effort last race making the Firestone Fast Six and I wanted to do that again here. This track is similar to The Glen but a bit smaller. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow but it’s a tough and physical race and we’ll be up for the challenge tomorrow.