Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon driving the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing is hoping that the team are in a strong position for Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Iceman starts the race from the front row in second behind pole sitter Alexander Rossi javing set a time of 01:06.7479s and speaking following the session he said:
It was OK for us, and all those other guys did two tires runs and we got stuck at one, so I’m not sure how that will shake out for tomorrow. It’s hard to know how hard to push, especially with the tires on the first and second lap. I think there was a couple of tenths (of a second) may be in it, maybe not the four we needed, though. (Alexander) Rossi did a good job there, but let’s see what tomorrow brings. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow in the PNC Bank car, and I think we’re in a strong position and I think we can keep it in the front.”
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda starts the race from 12th having had his fastest time delighted for bringing out the red flag.
Speaking following the session in which he set a time of 01:08.4410s the Swede said:
(The contact with the wall) was a driver mistake, definitely. I had a good lap, then went for a second one that looked a bit slower, but probably tried too hard there in the last sector. It’s always within thousands and hundreds of a second, and you don’t really want to relax even if you’ve had a good lap time. The instruction is always to push until the end. It’s always such a small margin, so just a slight mistake looking up over the bump will cost you. I maybe broke three to four feet later than the lap before, and that was enough to down settle the front and I got out in the dirt a little bit. It’s done and I couldn’t make it to the safety zone, so I was sort of stuck in the middle there and hit the tires. It was really unfortunate, but that’s on me. The NTT DATA car was really good today, so credit to the boys and we’ll focus on the race tomorrow.