Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball driving the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet ended the opening day of track action at Sonoma Raceway in ninth place with a fastest time of 01:17.3064s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Overall I think it was a pretty good day for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys. The No. 83 car wasn’t quite as good today as when we finished out the test here last week, but we worked to make it better after the morning session. We still have a little room to improve definitely. Being inside the top 10 is good, but not great. We’ve got to find a little bit of speed to be up front tomorrow but we absolutely have the capability of making it into the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow for qualifying.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet rounded out the top ten with a fastest time of 01:17.3276s and speaking following the session the Englishman commented by saying:
I think we made some really big gains today on track. This morning in first practice we were around second to last, and then in the final session we were in the top 10, which was a big jump forward. There were a few red flags and I realize a few people didn’t get their times in, but I think everyone is struggling for grip out there whether it’s the temperatures or something else. Everyone seems to have a loose car and we’ll work on that tonight before qualifying tomorrow.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet ended the opening day of track activity at Sonoma Raceway in 14th place. The Brazilian set a fastest time of 01:17.4262s. Kanaan has had a fantastic 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season and heads into the double points race on Sunday in sixth place in the standings on 427 points.
Speaking following his day in the car, Kanaan commented by saying:
The No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet wasn’t putting up the times we wanted today, but I think it looked a lot worse than it actually was. We didn’t get a chance to run a second set of tires like a lot of the field, so our speed wasn’t there at the end like some of the other guys. We’re still just searching for grip out there, but we have a full practice day of data now to pair with our testing data and I’m sure we’ll get it all figured out tonight.
Reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet goes into this weekend’s race as defending race winner and having taken victory last time out at the IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen presented by Hitachi ended the day in 16th place and speaking following the day of track action the New Zealander commented by saying:
It’s a bit of a frustrating start to the weekend here in Sonoma with the Target car. We were just kind of down on speed for some reason. We didn’t get a good run on new tires in the second session either, as both times we went out the session got red-flagged. It’s really critical to get your quick time on your first or second lap and we weren’t able to do that today unfortunately. I think we’re pretty close to the top six but we’ll have to wait and find out tomorrow.