Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda says he loves the Mid-Ohio Sports car course and the challenges that it throws up. The Iceman heads into this weekend’s race, leading the Verizon IndyCar Series standings by three points from Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and is aiming for his sixth win at Mid-Ohio.

Dixon ended the day in third place just behind Josef Newgarden and leader Ryan Hunter Reay.

Speaking following Friday’s on track action, Dixon stated:

I think it’s a good start for the No. 9 NTT Data car. Finishing P3 overall today isn’t bad, but you always want to be at the top at the end of the day. I love racing here. I love Mid-Ohio and all its challenges. I hope we can continue to improve tomorrow and put on a good show Sunday.

Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda ended the opening session this morning in 6th place while in the second session he finished up in 14th place and speaking following the action the Englishman commented by saying:

Typical day in INDYCAR today really for the team. We were right up there today in the first practice this morning after unloading fast, and then made some changes and weren’t up there in the afternoon. That’s how close the racing is here. One change can send you back. I do like this track as it’s very challenging. The Gallagher team will be up for qualifying tomorrow.

Charlie Kimball ended the day in 15th place and speaking following the action, the 2013 Mid-Ohio winner commented by saying:

Overall it wasn’t a good day at all for the No. 83 car. We missed the setup a little bit and we missed the timing. We really could’ve used that little bit of track time we lost this afternoon with the rain to get the car a little better. The nice thing is that the No. 9 car is quick, so we’ll have their data to learn from. I’m really encouraged by the stops in pit stop practice – the guys really crushed it today. We’ll carry that momentum forward to figure out what we need to do to qualify well tomorrow and finish up front on Sunday.

Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ended the day in 18th place and speaking following the action, the Brazilian commented by saying:

Honestly, we didn’t have near as bad of a day as it looks in the practice results. We still have some work to do with the No. 10 NTT Data Honda on (Firestone alternate) red tires, but on the (Firestone primary) blacks we were as fast as the leaders. We just couldn’t ever get a clean, fast lap on black tires to show the No. 10 NTT Data Honda’s real speed.

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