Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was the highest placed Chip Ganassi Racing car in qualifying for the Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton Iowa on Saturday. The Brazilian will start Sunday’s race from seventh place on the grid setting a two lap qualifying average of 182.394MPH and speaking following the session, the Brazilian stated:
That first lap was a hell of a lap. I actually got sideways between Turns 1 and 2, but was able to catch it. We knew it was going to be an uphill battle here with the aero package, but with six of the top-10 qualifying spots being Honda I think we showed it’s not going to be one-sided tomorrow night. The No. 10 NTT Data Honda is good in race trim, so I think we’re going to be competitive and be able to make some moves toward the front tomorrow night.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda will start the race from 13th place on the grid after recording a two lap qualifying average speed of 180.927MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
This whole year we’ve been improving with the Gallagher car. I like to get in a car, drive it and get up to speed, but it takes that first year. Then the second year I think we can get some good results and show some pace. Then the third year is when you get after it and can really do the business. It’s a disappointing result overall today because we qualified a career-best fourth here last year. We just don’t have the package here, but I felt I got the most out of what we had. The increase in temperature didn’t help during our run, but we can definitely have a good shot at the race tomorrow.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda will start the race from 14th place with a qualifying speed of 180.863MPH and speaking following the session, Kimball commented by saying:
It was a little different outcome than what we were expecting from the No. 83 car today in qualifying. The track was reasonably good this morning and then we went out this afternoon for qualifying and it had definitely gotten hotter and more slippery. A couple of the other series have run and put some different rubber down. We chased balance and grip a little bit. I’m disappointed in our qualifying effort and I think the car is definitely better in race trim than that. I guess the bright side is that bodes well for tonight’s practice and the race tomorrow.
Series points leader and Kohler Grand Prix winner Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda had a disappointing session as he will start the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway from 17th place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We didn’t have much running time today here at Iowa. And then we had a 20-minute penalty to serve from Road America, which turned into a 25-minute penalty for us. Definitely a tough day when you lose that much running time in one day. We didn’t have any testing here, and I think we expected the track to not degrade as much with the track temps and ambient coming up a bit. But it was just all over the place on my run. Not a whole lot of grip and we were all over the place in the No. 9 NTT Data car unfortunately.