Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet ended his 100th Verizon IndyCar Series race as the highest placed Ganassi driver finishing the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in ninth place.
Speaking following the race, Kimball commented by saying:
Yesterday we qualified 12th, but we knew we had a fast race car for today so we really just wanted to stay in clean air. Man, some of our lap times when we were in clean air were really quick. We thought we might be able to make something work with those times. I think we hamstrung ourselves by starting on scuffed reds – they didn’t hang on nearly as long as we thought they might. I think we had a really fast car and the guys did an awesome job in the pits. I can’t thank the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew enough for the job they’ve done all year – they’ve really stepped up to challenge. Every year we keep moving up in the points, so we just need to figure out what we need to do in the offseason to make sure we come back even stronger next year.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet finished the race in 13th place and ended the year in seventh place in the series standings and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
oday was just completely out of our control and it’s unfortunate that we had to end the season this way. The No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet was much better today than it had been the rest of the weekend and we felt good about moving up through the field quickly, but that contact on the first lap put us down quite a bit and it was really difficult moving back up through the field. We’ve had a lot of unlucky breaks this season, but I’m proud of the guys and all of NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing for sticking with it and huge congratulations to Simon (Pagenaud) and Team Penske.
Max Chilton ended his rookie Verizon IndyCar Series campaign in 19th place in the series points standings while ending the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in 16th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a really up and down race for the Gallagher team today. It started with an overboost problem which left us a sitting duck out there unfortunately. I was trying to hang on and then we pitted to fix the problem and tried to get back in the fight. Then for a stint and a half we were doing the same pace as the leader and was actually catching him so I thought we were in good shape. I thought the last stint was going to be great for us with all the overtakes we had left but the last set of tires didn’t feel right for some reason on the car. We were still quick compared to the others and just did our best at the end.
It was a disappointing end to Chip Ganassi’s Target partnership as 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Chevrolet ended the race in 17th place and ran much of the race with no radio.
The New Zealander ended the 2016 campaign in sixth place on 477 scoring two victories in Phoenix and Watkins Glen and two Verizon P1 Awards in Toronto and Watkins Glen. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Obviously not the day we wanted here at Sonoma in the Target car, but my congratulations to Simon (Pagenaud) and Team Penske on a job well done. I wish we could have finished on a higher note for the season finale here this weekend but it wasn’t meant to be. Thanks for all the support from Target over the last 27 years and all of the vendor partners as well and all they’ve done for this team. We’ll be back fighting hard next season with the No. 9 team and can’t wait to get started again