Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Carvana Honda says he is excited to heading back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend for the Gallagher Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a race track where he has the most NTT IndyCar Series experience having made debut here in 2020.
Johnson heads into the weekend’s race off the back of his strongest performance to date in IndyCar following his fifth place in the Hy-VeeSaluteToFarmers300 presented by Google at Iowa Speedway last Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the race in Indianapolis, Johnson said:
I’m really looking forward to getting to Indianapolis and racing on the road course track, where I have the most experience and laps on. Coming off a great weekend in Iowa, I’m looking forward to building on that and hopefully having a career best on the road course this weekend. I’m also very excited to see my friends from NASCAR with the doubleheader. Race fans will have a great weekend with all these things coming their way.”
SSix-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda heads into this weekend’s Gallagher Grand Prix with plenty of momentum following a double time five finish in Iowa last weekend.
The Iceman heads to Indy having moved up to fourth in the championship tied with third placed Josef Newgarden.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Dixon who dominated the GMR Grand Prix here in 2020 commented saying:
It’s a big weekend with INDYCAR and NASCAR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’ll be a compact weekend but the weather looks really nice; not too hot like we’ve had in the recent past. It’s been a tough track on the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda team, in general. We definitely have some work to do and hopefully we will have a smooth race. We are right there in the championship fight, though it’s very tight within the top six positions. We’ll definitely need to have no mistakes, get after it on the track and get maximum points.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda is looking forward to the weekend having won the Indianapolis 500 last time we were here in May.
The Swede has maintained his championship lead and is looking to extend his advantage this weekend.
“I’m so excited to come back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time since winning the 500. The road course also brings good memories, finishing fourth there earlier this year. It should be a good track for us, coming off of Iowa where we struggled a little bit more than we wanted. We knew it would be a difficult track, but we had two top eights and are still leading the championship. It’s always close at the Indianapolis Road Course, but I’m looking forward to it and feel like the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda is going to be strong.”
Defending champion Alex Palou in the No.10 American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda is hoping to put the disappointment of Iowa behind him saying:
I’m so excited to get back to the Indianapolis Road Course. Iowa didn’t work quite well for us, but we kept fighting and got the car back home in one piece. It’s time to push hard. This road course at the beginning of the year was good for us in terms of performance, so can’t wait to go there and show what we’ve got. We’re getting to the end of the season almost; it’s going to go by quick. It’s time to push hard and get that No. 10 American Legion in victory lane this weekend.