Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet put his retirement from the Kohler Grand Prix last time out to finish the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on the podium in third place behind race winner Josef Newgarden and Will Power. Dixon is in fourth place in the series standings and speaking following the race the New Zealander commented by saying:
Considering how the weekend started it was pretty dang good. We were in a hole as of Friday so we had a wholesale change for the race today. So it took us a little while to get the balance closer – but we had too much understeer and fell off a lot towards the end. It almost seemed like (Josef) had another set of wings on that car – huge credit to him and everybody at the team there. They did a helluva job. I knew all day that he was running very fast, but it wasn’t until the end that I got up to the pointy end of the field. I kind of hurt my race toward that latter part there – I was trying to keep up with Josef and burned the front tires up.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet started the race from sixth place on the grid and came home with a top ten finish in seventh place and speaking following the race the Brazilian commented by saying:
I think we had a top-three car for sure, but things just wouldn’t go our way today. We had some issues with our power and then that last stop really hurt us when we came in a littler earlier than we expected we’d have to and the yellow came out two laps later. Those situations are frustrating, but you just can’t control them. The No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet was obviously faster than seventh-place considering how much we were running up front with (Scott) Dixon and (Will) Power.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet started the race from fifth place on the grid and rounded out the top ten. Speaking following the race the American commented by saying;
Overall it was a really fighting day for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. The pit stops were solid all day – I think we made up time every time we came into pit lane. I really appreciate the work they’ve done all weekend, and really all year. The car wasn’t great to start with, but we just kept making it better. We slid back early and had to fight almost our whole race from a lap down. It was really just a fighting day and happy to add another solid top-ten finish.
It was a really disappointing race for Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet as the Englishman started the race from 4th place on the grid but only managed to the finish the race in 19th place and the last car running at the end of the race and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
It was definitely a character-building day for us and the Gallagher team. It was a learning experience with all the lapped cars and wave-arounds. The car was good and I was trying to keep up with the changes I could make. We had a vibration of some sort and I spun. We wanted to get out and continue and get the maximum laps and experience we could.