Chip Ganassi Racing’s Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda managed to make it into the Firestone Fast Six at the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course on Saturday.
The Iceman, who starts Sunday’s race from sixth place felt that the car was loose and he explained that this is an issue that the team have been struggling with since they tested at the Mid-Ohio circuit last week ahead of the race weekend. Dixon set a qualifying time of 01:05.1927s.
Speaking following the session, Dixon commented by saying:
It wasn’t the best day for us. We’ve been chasing the same issue since the test here last week. The car is really loose on entry and really has understeer. Hopefully we can figure out what’s going on. It was a good day for Honda overall with the qualifying results.
Charlie Kimball who won here in 2013 will start the race from 13th place in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda and speaking following the session, he commented by saying:
Pretty disappointed honestly. We made some big improvements this morning and then we seemed to lose our way a little bit this afternoon. We were within like three-hundredths of transferring through to the top 12, which would’ve given us another shot to make the car better. I know there’s more in it for tomorrow, but we missed it a little bit, I missed it a little bit. The nice thing is that we have two sets of Firestone alternates (tires), sticker alternates, plus the scrubbed set from qualifying to use tomorrow. We just need a little bit of strategy and I think we have every opportunity to finish up front.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda will start the race from 17th place and speaking following the session, TK commented by saying:
I was overcompensating for the grip we don’t have and pushing it too hard out there. We need to do a better job of setting the car up – it just wasn’t there today. I shouldn’t be pushing the car to the max to make up for what’s not there in the setup. It’s going to be really difficult starting in the back here with how hard it is to pass, but we’re going to do everything we can to get up to the front.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda will start the race from 18th place having set a fastest time of 01:04.8603s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Practice session one was really good for the Gallagher team, but we started chasing the setup like a wild goose after that for some reason. I think we’re struggling as a team a bit too. Three of us didn’t get through, and Scott (Dixon) wasn’t exactly blistering out there, but he did make it. It’s strange because this is my kind of track. I hope we can sort something out or it’s going to be a bit of a long day tomorrow.