Chip Ganassi Racing’s defending series champion Scott Dixon driving the No.9 PNC Bank Honda said the team focused on race preparation on the opening day of practice for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
Speaking following the day’s action he said:
Today, we tried to focus strictly on race running in the PNC Bank car to get the balance where we wanted. I think we made some pretty good improvements, actually, especially in the last few runs out there today. We also ran in traffic, but honestly, it’s just hard to know for sure. We just went through the very first part of what we have on our test plan. We just want to get some of our big-ticket items tested before we run out of time.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was happy with first day saying:
Today was as you would think – a normal starting day for the Indy 500 week. We started pretty slowly to get used to things and get up to speed to continue where we left off with the ROP (Rookie Orientation Program) test that we had a couple of weeks ago. We ran in some traffic. We did some laps alone as well to simulate what qualifying would be like – a bit more trimmed out. Overall, it was a good day where we covered a lot of things for being my first official day at Indy. The NTT DATA car feels good so far.”