It is finally here! The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season gets underway this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. The first official track action for IndyCar gets going in a matter of hours.
Chip Ganassi Racing underwent a big change over the off season switching from Chevrolet to Honda power. The change however will not affect four time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon however as he took it in his stride and topped the times in the No.9 Honda at last week’s test in Sebring.
Dixon was with Ganassi the last time the team used Honda power and the partnership proved to be very successful. Dixon won the 2008 Indianapolis 500 using Honda power.
The New Zealander will be hoping that he can start Ganassi and Honda’s renewed partnership with victory at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Dixon has a new primary sponsor for this weekend’s race with GE LED Lighting coming on board for the No.9 Honda while Tony Kanaan’s primary sponsor, NTT Data join as an associate partner.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Dixon commented by saying:
“St. Petersburg is one of the best places to kick off the season. It’s around spring break time, they do a fantastic job of getting the community in, and obviously, the party atmosphere there, too, with different things going on during the day. All the different classes of cars that race there and all the variety of things to do in St. Pete make it pretty fantastic for a lot of people. I live in Indianapolis and we finally get to have some sun and get to hang out in some warm weather. The track itself always has fantastic racing with big braking zones going into Turn 1. It’s also very wide, great for starts, restarts and overtaking throughout the race. I think it’s definitely been some great racing over the years and this year I expect the same. I haven’t won there either, so I need to work on that one. I’ve had three or four podiums but have never won.