Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet set the third fastest time on the opening day of practice ahead of Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin. The Brazilian set a time of 01:43.7031s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I know we all keep saying it, but it’s so nice to be back here on-track at Road America. We didn’t run as many laps as the rest of the field in the first session, but even without the extra laps the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet felt pretty good. We worked through a few different changes in the second session and we were able to find even a little more lap time. We’re feeling good heading into tomorrow, so we’ll make a few changes tonight and see what we can do tomorrow in qualifying.
Max Chilton who only drove on the Road America circuit for the first time last week did a great job in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet as he ended the day in sixth place with a fastest time of 01:43.7964s and speaking following the session the ex F1 driver commented by saying:
I think it was a great session for the Gallagher team today. With having some testing here until my belt I had some added confidence. This morning I knew we were much better than where we ended up on the timing sheets, as I made a few mistakes. I knew the car had speed and if I corrected it in the afternoon we would be fast, and we were. I’m adjusting well to the track and the conditions and I’m happy with where we are so far.
Defending series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Clorex Chevrolet completed 12 laps in the afternoon session on his way to ninth place with a time of 01:43.8423s and speaking following the day of track action he commented by saying:
I think I’m pretty happy overall with the Clorox car and we are playing with some aero changes for tomorrow. We had good speed in Practice 1 and didn’t take a new set of tires at the end of Practice 2 so we weren’t up on the timing sheets at the end of the day.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet had a disappointing afternoon session as he ended up in 21st place setting a time of 01:44.4625s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m really disappointed with how today went. It’s not anywhere as fast or competitive as we want to be. Fortunately our teammates were logging some really good times, so we’ll be able to go back tonight and see where we can learn from them. I’m really struggling with the sensation of grip around here. We’ll make it better overnight. I think we already have a couple of good ideas for some changes we want to make for tomorrow and we’ll just go from there. That’s the nice thing about running on a track with a lot of corners – you can find a little bit of lap time in each of the corners.