Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon driving the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing beloved he can win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from third place on the grid.
The Iceman set a fastest time of 01:08.8081s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
It was OK, but we were always chasing the number one spot considering practices and just how the car felt. The team made a few changes over the night to make it a little more drivable and somewhere we could get some more out of. And even in the warmer conditions in the afternoon, which we really struggled with yesterday, I think we got it. Starting third, I think we can definitely win from there. Great show for Honda, obviously a home race for them, so hopefully, we can get to that elusive top spot in Alabama with the PNC Bank car.”
It was a disappointing qualifying for Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda as the Swede will start the race from 17th place on the grid with a time of 01:08.9630s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“It wasn’t what we expected in the NTT DATA car today. It’s kind of been a difficult weekend so far. Going on the blacks (Firestone primary tires) in qualifying felt OK and it looked like we wouldn’t have a tough time to make it through because I think I was P7 or P8 already, then. And then on the reds (Firestone alternate tires), I improved my time, but I think the others improved more. It didn’t really feel that bad, I was quite happy with the car, but still, it wasn’t quick, so we’ll have to analyze tonight and see