Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet will start Saturday night’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from the front row alongside Verizon P1 Award winner Carlos Munoz. Dixon who took victory in Texas last year goes into the race following a fifth place finish last Sunday in race 2 at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit.
Speaking following qualifying the Iceman commented by saying:
Huge credit to the Target team. The car is fast and I’m excited. The amount of lanes you can use and the different configurations you can run here in Texas is really cool. I’m fairly happy with the qualifying run but we just missed by a little bit. The car was surprisingly good to drive. In these situations, you trim out a lot – you’re on the edge and if you miss by a little bit it can be a bit of a handful. But the balance is really good. I thought the rear was sliding a little bit, which cost us a bit of speed. I moved the weight jacker a couple times and that was about it. It’s nice to start at the front – I don’t think it’s a really big deal where you qualify as long as you’re up towards the front. But it’s always great to be near the pointy end of the field and congratulations to Andretti and (Carlos) Munoz for pulling off the pole.
Tony Kanaan starts the race from eighth place having ended race 2 in Detroit last Sunday in seventh place. TK set a two lap average qualifying time of 216.295mph. Speaking following qualifying the Brazilian commented by saying:
I wouldn’t say I’m happy with where we ended up for qualifying today but I think it was a solid run considering how conservative we went with our setup. Even though we came out in first this morning, we had a pretty messy first practice session where we struggled to get a solid qualifying run in with all the traffic. We’re in a decent starting spot for the race, so now we’re turning all of our focus to tonight’s practice. I think it’s going to be a pretty fun session with everyone working on race trim and running in packs.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® will start the race from 15th place after setting a two lap average of 215.553mph and speaking following qualifying the American commented by saying:
We’re obviously disappointed with that run for the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet. We had a much faster car in that first practice session, so we’re not exactly sure what happened in that run to make us so much slower. Where you qualify is definitely important here, but it’s not the end all be all on any oval. Tonight’s practice will be really important for everyone, but especially us since we’ll be starting further back and will need to work harder to move through the field.
Max Chilton will start the race from 19th setting a 2 lap qualifying average of 214.864mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Days like this you’re just learning. It’s all new. It’s hot, there are gusts of wind and you are literally just learning as you go. There’s not much practice time and I’m just trying to log as many laps as I can and soak up as much information as I can from my teammates.