Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda will make his 319th consecutive start, dating back to Michigan in 2004. The Iceman will surpass Tony Kanaan as the most experienced driver in the series.
Dixon is aiming to claim his first win of the season this weekend, and looking ahead to the race he commented saying:
“This race is always fun to do the doubleheader with NASCAR, especially with some extra friends coming in with Shane van Gisbergen, Brodie Kostecki and Kamui Kobayashi. It will be fun to catch up with them. We’re looking to have a good, smooth weekend. We’ve had some good cars, but some mistakes in the past on my behalf and with how strategy has shaken out, but our pace has been good. We’ll need to start further up this time, and it should be a lot better. Looking forward to the race and we’ll go for the win.”
Alex Palou, in the No.10 The American Legion Honda who is the runaway points leader is hoping to defend his win here from May, and speaking ahead of the weekend, he said:
“I’m very excited to get back to racing in Indianapolis. We obviously won at this course back in May and it was an awesome weekend that led to us having a good Month of May and the races afterward with Detroit, Road America and Mid-Ohio. Nashville was a very tough and stressful race, but we made it work and got to the podium. We’ll try to get everything on point with it being just a two-day race weekend. But with all the information that we have since May and as comfortable as we are with the car, we’ll try to repeat and bring that American Legion Honda to victory lane.”
Marcus Armstrong in the No.8 Huski Iced Spritz Honda is looking forward to the race this weekend saying:
“It’s always a special feeling going back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We’ll return after what I believe was our best showing at the IMS Road Course this past May where I qualified seventh and finished eighth. We took some positive steps as a team there and obviously with Alex winning the race. So, we have something to build on. Looking forward to getting to the track and seeing all of the Indianapolis fans.”
Marcus Armstrong in the No. 11 IU Simon Cancer Center Honda is looking forward to the race on the IMS road course this weekend.
“Second race for me at the Indy GP and it will be nice to return to a circuit where I’ve raced before. It looks like it will be a warm weekend and with everything compacted into two days, Friday will be important to be organized and on the front foot from the get-go. I hope for a clean run on Friday so we can improve on what we learned in the last race in May.”
Armstrong will race in a special No. 11 IU Simon Cancer Center Honda this weekend. The center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Indiana and one of only 54 in the nation. Visit cancer.iu.edu to learn more about how the team at Indiana University is in the race to beat cancer.