Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet was the highest placed of Chip Ganassi Racing’s four drivers in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course. Kimball who took victory here in 2013 started the race in fifth place and came home in eighth place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I feel really badly for the No. 83 crew – they did such an awesome job in pit lane. They gave me positions in every single pit stop and really gave me the opportunity to go for the podium. I got a little aggressive trying to pass the No. 26 car on that last restart and lost some spots. We ended up eighth which is definitely a fight back from where we were out there in the dirt with 30 (laps) to go. It’s just difficult because the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet was quicker than that today. I’m disappointed, but I have to give so much credit to the guys and everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing this weekend.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet started the race from 12th place and finished the event in 14th place and speaking following the race the Brazilian commented by saying:
It was just one of those races where things didn’t fall the way we wanted them to. We made our way up into the top 10 after our last stop and we were in good position to keep it up there, but I was one of the only guys up front on blacks and we just couldn’t move forward or hold our position to the guys on red tires toward the end of the race. We had a really fast car in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet and we showed it all weekend in practice, but it just didn’t play out for us in the end.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet started the race from 13th place on the grid and finished the event in 16th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a long day in the office. I tried everything I could and I felt that my pace was pretty strong, but around here you have to be really strong to get by even with push-to-pass. It made it even harder with the temperatures, but I really did enjoy it out there this weekend. I learned a lot. It’s one of those things where you need the luck of the draw to do well and we just didn’t have it this weekend.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet was the fastest driver in this morning’s warm-up session and in the race where he started from 11th place was disappointed to lose out in the race for the championship as he was forced to retire from the race following contact with Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.
Dixon got back out on track later in the race but eventually retired from the race and will have to wait until next year to challenge for his sixth Mid-Ohio win. Speaking following the race Dixon commented by saying:
Helio (Castroneves) was coming out of the pits on the pit exchange and we were trying to go off sequence. He was off pace and we caught him on the exit of Turn 1. I got alongside him and he kept edging me over until I just had nowhere to go. I braked when I was alongside him and then he just turned in. Had we had a little more room I think we could have gotten through there just fine. It was definitely an aggressive move but I should have known better trying that with Helio. It usually ends like this with him.