Chip Ganassi Racing head to the Detroit Double header the Chevrolet Dual In Detroit on Belle Isle following a strong Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the weekend which saw Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet come through the field from 18th to end the race in fourth place.
Speaking ahead of the on track action the Brazilian commented by saying:
We had such a good race at the (Indianapolis) 500 last weekend and, even though we came up short, the momentum that NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing is taking into Detroit is so strong. We proved this last month how strong our race car can be, so hopefully we can come out a little stronger in qualifying for both races on Belle Isle. The doubleheader in Detroit is always rough on the drivers and teams to make two full races happen in two days, but it’s so exciting for us and the fans and I’m really looking forward to hopefully adding our first win in 2016 this weekend.
Charlie Kimball who was driving the No.42 Tresiba® Chevrelot started the race from 16th place on the grid and ended the race following a great strategy just behind his team mate TK in fifth place and speaking ahead of the Detroit action he commented by saying:
Wow, after a show like we had on Sunday in Indy, I really think we have a huge opportunity to show those fans just how versatile the Verizon IndyCar Series is during the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit this weekend. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team has had some success on Belle Isle in the past, and I think we’ve been consistent this season on the street courses. I’m looking forward to getting back into the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet in a few days in the Motor City for the doubleheader.
Reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet started the race from 13th place and ended up finishing the race in eighth place giving Chip Ganassi three cars in the top ten. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s events the New Zealander commented by
Detroit is one of the most grueling weekends of the season for a few reasons. The track is tough and really demands a lot from the drivers. It’s very physical in nature and you really have to wrangle the car to compete at the front of the grid. Two races and two qualifying sessions in as many days really puts the teams to the test. Usually you have some time to recover from an event and prepare yourself mentally and physically for the next round. Not in Detroit. The dual races there provide a lot of excitement and twice as much action for all our fans.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet did a great job in his very first Indianapolis 500, starting the 200 lap race from 22nd place to end the event in 15th place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s races in Detroit he commented by saying:
We’re really getting into the heart of the racing season and things are getting busy. The teams have been working hard and it’s a quick turnaround after the month at IMS. This will be my first trip to Bell Isle and I think having two races Saturday and Sunday should be a challenge. I think one of the keys will be unloading fast. You don’t have much time to think and work on your race car because you’re going from practice to race to qualifying to racing again. The Gallagher team is working hard getting us ready to go back to street- and road-course racing and I’m looking forward to getting back in the car Friday.