Chip Ganassi Racing’s five time series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda says he is still mad at himself because of the last few races and goes into Sunday’s final race of the year, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg with a 32 point lead in the championship.
Dixon says he is proud of the No.9 PNC Bank Honda crew and just needs to finish the race nonth or higher to win a sixth NTT IndyCar Series championship.
The Iceman who had four second place finishes here is hoping for a strong end to the season and speaking ahead of the race he said:
It was definitely a trying last few race weekends between Mid-Ohio and Indy. I’m still mad at myself for making that mistake at Mid-Ohio and letting those points get away. As always, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES points title comes down to the last race, and even without the double points like we’ve seen before. I’m just really proud of this PNC Bank team and everyone who works so hard to win. Honda has been pushing hard, and we’re always proud to be powered by them along with HPD. For whatever reason, we were just struggling to get comfortable with the balance of the car the last few races and that’s one of the key things we’ll be working on for St. Petersburg.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda who took his first race win this season commented about St Petersburg saying:
Heading to St. Pete, it will definitely be a bit weird without having done any street courses yet this year. Normally we start out with St. Pete, and now we’re ending with St. Pete. It’s a cool place to end the season. There’s a big championship battle going on with Dixon and Newgarden, so obviously the biggest focus for the team is to wrap that one up. I think Scott really deserves to get the title there. I am very happy to be back on a street track, which is my best kind of track. I have really good memories of the last time we were in St. Pete racing. It was my first race ever in INDYCAR, and we were leading the race. I can’t wait to get back there.”
Marcus Ericsson has come to the end of his first season with Chip Ganassi Racing and speaking ahead of the race weekend the driver of the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda commented saying:
It’s going to be fun to get to St. Pete. Obviously, we were all down there in March and ready to go. It feels great to be able to finish off the season with that race and also for the series to have a street course race. It’s the only street course race of the year, so that will be interesting to see how everyone does. It’s been a pretty good year for the No. 8 Huski Chocolate team. We’ve had some ups and downs, but we want to finish strong and I think we have a good chance to do that in St. Pete. I’m really looking forward to it, and it’s going to be an exciting weekend. It’s good to have fans in the grandstands again.”