Chip Ganassi Racing’s engineers and mechanics really showed their team spirit on Sunday as all four teams pulled together and mucked in to help get reigning series champion Scott Dixon’s No.9 Target Chevrolet on track for qualifying changing his engine in 1 hour and 3 minutes which is a Verizon IndyCar Series record following a loss of power for the New Zealander this morning.
Dixon qualified in 13th place for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and was the leading car from Chip Ganassi’s stable and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We had an engine issue this morning and Team Target and the other CGR teams changed it all out and got us ready for qualifying in just over an hour. That is absolutely unheard of. This is truly why this is a team sport. I obviously didn’t pick up a wrench today and they probably liked it that way, knowing my mechanical skills. INDYCAR would not have let us in qualifying if we didn’t get the car ready in time and we would have started dead last. Given the situation and what we went through today as a team, I’m pleased.
Charlie Kimball in the No.42 Tresiba® Chevrolet will start the Indianapolis 500 from 16th place just ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We made some big changes to the car overnight and it was much better this morning in practice. The No. 42 Tresiba Chevrolet was a little less reactive to the conditions, which was nice because we fought the wind quite a lot yesterday. That’s the great thing about Chip Ganassi Racing – you get a lot of data to learn from, especially with guys as good as TK (Tony Kanaan) and (Scott) Dixon. Overall, regardless of how today went, we have a really good race car. We’ll work on the race setup tomorrow and Friday and just keep with the mentality that it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Data Chevrolet will start the race from 18th place just behind Juan Pablo Montoya and speaking following the session the Brazilian commented by saying:
Of course, I’m disappointed with our run today. We’ve struggled all week finding speed, but we thought we had the car to a point after this morning’s practice that we felt good about. It’s just been frustrating when you know you can be faster, but it just doesn’t come together. It is what is it is, though. We’ll just need to put this behind us and refocus on our race car. I’ve said it before, but I started further back in the field when I won in 2013 so no one should be writing us off yet.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet will start his first Indianapolis 500 from 22nd place and speaking following the session where he set a four lap average of 226.686ph he commented by saying:
Yesterday I lost a little bit of confidence, but I was ready to go today in the Gallagher car. Just a phenomenal effort by the whole team to get another car prepared after the incident yesterday. We struggled a bit with the setup and I’m disappointed with the way qualifying ended up like this, but it’s over now and we’ll move forward. The team deserves all the credit for turning an entire car around in 12 hours and now we’re in and the 500 is all that counts.