PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon endured a tough qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.

The Iceman will start today’s 85 lap race from 18th place on the grid after setting a time of 01:10.3221s. Dixon blamed the problems the No.9 crew had on the heat saying:

The PNC Bank car actually wasn’t too bad earlier this morning in cooler conditions. We took a pretty hefty swing at it for qualifying, but the car didn’t feel like it had speed – it was just sort of on top of the track. That condition got worse as it got hotter and hotter, unfortunately. We’ll get back to a setup we know and then try and take it from there. Today, it just seemed like the heat made everything worse for us

Although Dixon starts down in 18th he can take comfort in the fact that he has Graham Rahal who said he does not expect any problems from the Iceman going into Turn 1 that it will be a fair fight between the two.

Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda starts the race from 15th place with a time of 01:10.2859s and speaking following the session he said:

Not the result we wanted, obviously, in the NTT DATA car today. The conditions were a bit tough with the temperature, but for whatever reason, we still need to get the balance of the car a bit better. We have tonight to prepare and then put that to the test in tomorrow’s warmup before the race


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