Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet was the pace setter among the four drivers in the team during qualifying for the Honda 200.
The 2013 Mid-Ohio winner will start the race from fifth place on the grid with a fastest qualifying time of 01:04.3644s just ahead of Graham Rahal. Kimball had been in sixth place but he improved to fifth just at the end of the Firestone Fast 6 competition.
Speaking following the session Kimball who is currently in 9th place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings on 294 points commented by saying:
There was definitely a lot going on out there in qualifying. One of the challenges for us in Group 1 qualifying was going out on a green track. It took a long time for the grip to come in and the Firestone tires to start really working. A lot of people went with two sets of alternates in anticipation of the rain. I thought we might have shot ourselves in the foot a bit going out on used primary and alternate sets and running around tenth or 11th at the time. At the end, we took a set of sticker tires and ended up in the 64.40 second range which proved to work. Overall I’m happy with the effort and looking forward to a great race here tomorrow.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet who has five wins here in Mid-Ohio will start the race from 11th place having ended the final session before qualifying in first place.
The New Zealander set a time of 01:04.6554s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We waved off our last run and we thought we were going to be safe where we were in the Target car. Obviously there at the end I said the track was getting faster on the radio and they didn’t hear me, so it was just a bit of miscommunication unfortunately. The times just picked up from there when it continued to dry out and that was it. The car has been fast all weekend so it’s disappointing not to get through, but we have a fast race car for tomorrow that’s for sure.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet was extremely unhappy with his qualifying session as the Englishman will start the race from 13th place on the grid after setting a fastest time of 01:04.7752s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
This morning we were looking pretty good with the Gallagher car. The track just changed so much from this morning. I went with Firestone red tires in both runs and we still couldn’t get through. I tried my best that last lap with everything I had and it wasn’t good enough. It was frustrating but considering where we started this morning without testing here, I’m happy.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet will start the race from 14th place after setting a fastest time of 01:04.5885s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We’ve been working hard and we’ve had a fast NTT Data Chevy so far this weekend. The car definitely has speed and we know it. I think we took a direction in qualifying and looking back the right direction would have been to take tires. It’s just one of those situations you learn and move on from. I’m confident we’ll have a strong car for the race tomorrow.