Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda says he hopes Chip Ganassi Racing can make some small changes during Sunday’s morning warm up ahead of the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place.
The Iceman who has had a tough weekend so far in Toronto will start the 85 lap race from fifth place having made it into the Firestone Fast Six.
Dixon goes into the race with an eight point advantage at the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series standings. Speaking following the qualifying session at the Exhibition Place circuit in Toronto, the New Zealander commented by saying:
It’s been a rough start to the weekend for us. We really struggled finding the right balance for the car. From last year to this year, we’ve been dealing with a completely different configuration. I thought some of the gains we made this year on other street courses didn’t translate here for some reason. We reverted back to our setup yesterday in the NTT Data car when we were in the top three, but it’s just a handful around here. We had a great lap going, but I smashed the fence in Turn 6 in qualifying on the second lap, which cost us at least one spot I think. All in all my hands are full, but hopefully we can make some small improvements to get the car a bit better for the race tomorrow.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda will start the Honda Indy Toronto from ninth place and speaking following the session, the Englishman commented by saying:
Qualifying wasn’t terrible, but we’ve had better results on road and street circuits this year, and we were obviously hoping for more. We would have loved to get through into the final round but just didn’t get there. We have some work to do tonight but I’m confident we’ll have a good Gallagher car tomorrow for the race here in Toronto.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was left disappointed with where he qualified with the Brazilian set to start Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place from 14th place on the grid.
Speaking following the session, Kanaan commented by saying:
I’m disappointed with where we qualified today. We had a top-10 car in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda, but our qualifying effort obviously doesn’t show it. I got held up on my fast lap in the first round, but we just couldn’t avoid it. It’s difficult when you do what you need to do to advance, but something else that you can’t control takes it away. We have a hard day of working our way back to the front tomorrow, but we know our car is faster than where we’re starting, so we’ll take advantage of that and make it back to where we need to be.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 NovoNordisk Honda will start the race from 17th place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Honestly, kind of a frustrating session. If we would’ve run that lap time in the second group, we would have advanced to the top 12, but instead we’re on the ninth row. It’s going to be a long day tomorrow. I think the Firestone alternates (tires) aren’t holding up quite as long as the Firestone primaries, so that’ll definitely play into what we do strategy-wise. We’ve got to work the strategy and take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of us. We’re making the car better, but we just didn’t find as much lap time as we were hoping to find.